Sri Lanka bomb blasts: MEA confirms death of five Indians; four JD(S) workers killed, three others missing
New Delhi: A day after the deadly Easter blasts in the capital Colombo that killed nearly 300 people and injured hundreds more, the ministry of external affairs confirmed that the number of Indians killed in the Sri Lanka serial bombings rose to five, on Monday.
Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy confirmed that four of the five Indians killed in the attacks are workers of his party, Janata Dal (Secular), and that three others are missing among the seven who were on a tour to Colombo.
The deceased were identified as Lakshmana Gowda Ramesh, KM Lakshminarayan, M Rangappa and KG Hanumantharayappa. The three others who are missing are H ShivuKumar, A Maregowda and H Puttaraju.
Kumaraswamy, in a tweet said, “All victims were JDS workers from Karnataka and were on a tour to SriLanka. I am deeply pained at the loss of their lives in the heinous attack. They were also committed workers of our party and their death has brought immense sorrow to us.”
He also tweeted that foreign minister Sushma Swaraj has confirmed the deaths of two Indians from Karnataka. Expressing his shock, Kumaraswamy said, “I am deeply shocked at the loss of our JDS party workers, whom I know personally. “We stand with their families in this hour of grief.”
External affairs Min. @SushmaSwaraj has confirmed the death of two Kannadigas,KG Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa, in the bomb blasts in #Colombo.— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) April 22, 2019
I am deeply shocked at the loss of our JDS party workers, whom I know personally. We stand with their families in this hour of grief
According to the Sri Lankan minister Rajitha Senaratne, National Tawheed Jamaat outfit is suspected to be behind devastating Easter blasts, while the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena declared nationwide emergency from Monday midnight following Easter day explosions.
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