London attack condemned, no Sri Lankans among victims

The Government today condemned the attack in London with President Maithripala Sirisena calling it a cowardly act.

The President tweeted saying the London bridge terror rampage is a dastardly and cowardly act.

“My thoughts are with the people of London in this hour of grief,” he said.

The Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, said that there are no reports of Sri Lankans among the victims.

Militants drove a van at high speed into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing Saturday night revelers on the street and in nearby bars, killing at least six people and wounding more than 30.

Armed police rushed to the scene and shot dead the three male attackers in the Borough Market area near the bridge as authorities urged Londoners on Twitter to “run, hide, tell” if they were caught up in the violence.

The attacks come days ahead of a June 8 election and less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a pop concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. (Colombo Gazette)