Sri Lankan soldiers and religious members of the parish look on inside the St Sebastian’s Church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo on April 21, 2019, following a bomb blast during the Easter service that killed many (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images).
SRI LANKAN officials said today (22) that at least six Indian nationals were killed in a series of eight powerful bomb blasts, including suicide attacks in the island nation.
The worst attack in a decade hit three churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday (21).
India’s minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj retweetd Indian High Commission in Colombo’s tweet: “We sadly confirm the deaths of the following two individuals in the blasts yesterday, K G Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa.”
Indian minister, yesterday (21), confirmed the death of three Indians citizens including; Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar, and Ramesh.
The death of P S Rasina (58), a resident of southern Indian state of Kerala was confirmed on Sunday (21).
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, strongly condemned the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka and said: “Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured.”
Around 500 people, including Indians and other foreign nationals were injured in the series of blasts and suicide attacks.
The bomb blasts targeted St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, and another church in Batticaloa on Sunday (21) morning.
Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels – the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand, and the Kingsbury.