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* Eleven foreign nationals identified as dead following bomb attacks in Sri Lanka
Sun, Apr 21, 2019, 09:35 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 21, Colombo: Eleven foreign nationals have been identified as deceased following the bomb explosions that ripped through churches in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa and high-end hotels in Colombo early Sunday, according to government reports.

The fatalities include three from India, one from Portugal, two from Turkey, three from the UK, and two holding US and UK nationalities.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nine foreign nationals are reported missing, and 25 unidentified bodies believed to be of foreigners lie in the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary.

The government of Turkey confirmed that two of its citizens killed as Serhan Narici and Yigit Cavus, engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka.

Denmark's foreign ministry said three Danish citizens were killed and Netherlands Foreign Minister Stef Blok confirmed the death of a Dutch national.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has confirmed that a number of Americans were killed in the blasts.

Furthermore, as at 6 pm today, 19 foreign nationals injured in the attacks are receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital.

Directors of Negombo and Batticaloa General Hospitals and the Colombo North Teaching Hospital have informed the Foreign Ministry that no foreigners have been admitted with injuries or declared dead at their respective hospitals.

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and Tourism, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs Secretary S. Hettiarachchi visited the Colombo National Hospital this afternoon where victims were receiving treatment and also the mortuary to express condolences to the bereaved families.

The respective Colombo-based Heads of Mission of the countries of the deceased as well as Sri Lanka Missions overseas have been informed of the casualties, the Ministry said.

The Foreign Ministry said it is in close contact with the relevant hospital authorities on the identification of the remaining victims. The Ministry will continue to monitor the welfare of the foreign nationals receiving treatment. An emergency hotline to assist families of the affected foreign nationals will be operational 24 hours at +94 112323015.

 

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