Following Sri Lanka bombings, Church’s Asia Area presidency offers words of sorrow, comfort

Following Sunday's devastating bombings in Sri Lanka that have resulted in more than 200 deaths, the Asia Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement expressing sorrow and offering comfort.

"We are deeply saddened on this Easter Sunday by the bomb blasts in Sri Lanka," the statement reads. "We offer our heartfelt condolences and sincere prayers to all of those affected by these tragic events. We mourn with those who lost loved ones and pray for those who are seeking to heal from the physical and emotional wounds they are now suffering. May the Lord bless them with peace and comfort in these trying moments."

The Asia Area presidency is comprised of Elder David F. Evans, president, and his counselors, Elder Peter F. Meurs and Elder David P. Homer. All three are General Authority Seventies.

At least 207 people were killed and more than 400 were wounded in a series of eight coordinated bombings on Easter Sunday targeting Christian churches and high-end hotels in three cities.

Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia and located in the Indian Ocean southeast of the southern tip of India.