“We are shocked by the appalling attacks in Sri Lanka and strongly condemn them.
This vile deed was apparently aimed specifically at people who devoted themselves to prayer and contemplation in the churches on Easter Sunday, as well as against travellers. Nothing can justify the murder of innocent people.
Our Embassy in Sri Lanka is in contact with the local authorities and is working hard to clarify whether Germans are also affected. Germans staying in Sri Lanka should stay away from the places of attack and follow the instructions of the authorities.
The Foreign Office has set up a crisis team. Concerned relatives can call 030-50000.
Germany is supporting Sri Lanka as a partner in this difficult hour. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and the many injured.”