Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
CAIRO, April 21 (MENA) - Deadly blasts that hit three churches and three hostels in Sri Lanka on Sunday have been deplored by the World Organization for Al-Azhar Graduates.
In a statement, the body asserted that targeting innocents, whatever their faiths, is prohibited in Islam.
It also reiterated that all religions call for protecting and respecting places of worships.
It expressed condolences to the victims' families and friends and wished speedy recovery for the injured.
More than 120 people, including nine tourists, have been killed on Sunday after explosions ripped through three five-star hotels and three churches in Sri Lanka, The Sun reported.
About 450 others are said to be injured after blasts at the luxury hotels and churches in Colombo, in horrifying Easter Sunday attacks.
Two of the blasts are thought to have been carried out by suicide bombers, according to an anonymous official.
Hotels frequented by tourists, the luxury Shangri-La Hotel, Cinnamon Grand and The Kingsbury Colombo, were also targeted in the deadly series of attacks.
Stunned witnesses reported seeing injured people being carried out from the rubble of the hotels this morning.