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Sri Lanka: Modi visits church targetted during Easter terror attacks

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Showing India's solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka, Modi on Sunday paid his respects at the St. Anthony's Church, which was targetted during the terror attacks.

"Started the visit by paying my respect at one of the sites of the horrific Sunday Attack, St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade. My heart goes out to the families of the victims and the injured," Modi tweeted.

Modi is the first leader to visit following the terror attacks, showing India's support to the South Asian ally and friend.

"I am confident will rise again. Cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka. stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka," he added.

"is with Sri Lanka on the fight against terrorism," tweeted.

is currently on a two-day visit to and Sri Lanka, which is the first overseas bilateral engagement the leader is undertaking after being sworn-in as for a second term.

For the first time in its 175-year-old history, the church had to shut its doors to visitors following the devastating terror attacks, which killed around 250 people across the country on April 21.

The blast ripped through the church's entrance, killing and wounding scores of devotees who had gathered at the holy place to celebrate Sunday.

At least eight locations, including three churches, were targetted by the terrorists on A local Jihadi group and affiliate, National Thowheeth Jama'ath, claimed responsibility for the devastating attacks which have been widely condemned. has extended all support to Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the attack..

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First Published: Sun, June 09 2019. 12:39 IST