New Delhi, April 22: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday confirmed death of five Indians in the deadly Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka. The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka identified two more Indian nationals among the 290 people who have been confirmed dead. Three Indians were confirmed dead on Sunday. The embassy also revealed the names of all deceased.
"We sadly confirm the deaths of the following two individuals in the blasts yesterday: K.G. Hanumantharayappa, M. Rangappa," the Mission said in a tweet. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday night had confirmed the names of three other Indian nationals -- Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh. Authorities said a total of 24 suspects had been arrested but gave no further details. Bomb Found Near Colombo Airport Day After Blasts Across Sri Lanka, Death Toll Mounts to 290.
A total of 27 foreigners, including people from Turkey, the US, Britain, the Netherlands, Portugal and China were killed in the attack. The death toll climbed to 290, said police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera. He also said that 500 people were injured and were admitted in various hospitals and medical facilities. No group has yet claimed direct responsibility yet. At least 25 Unidentified Bodies of Foreign National Victims of Lanka Blasts, 5 Britons and 3 Danes Confirmed Dead.
MEA's tweet on death of Indian nationals in Sri Lanka blasts:
We sadly confirm the deaths of the following two individuals in the blasts yesterday:
- K G Hanumantharayappa
— India in Sri Lanka (@IndiainSL) April 22, 2019
Indian High Commission in Colombo has conveyed that National Hospital has informed them about the death of three Indian nationals. Their names are Lokashini, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh. We are ascertaining further details. /3
— Chowkidar Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 21, 2019
Suicide bombers carried out as many as eight explosions targeting luxury hotels and Catholic churches in Colombo and other parts of the island nation. The first of the eight blasts took place in the morning in three luxury hotels in Colombo and in a church each in Colombo, Negombo, and in the Tamil-majority Batticaloa town. As authorities rushed for rescue, seven other explosions ripped through churches and luxury hotels in other parts.