Three Indians among those killed in Sri Lanka serial blasts, tweets Sushma Swaraj

Three Indian nationals among those killed in Sri Lanka serial blasts, tweets External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. “I have just spoken to the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka H.E. Mr.Tilak Marapana. He confirmed that unfortunately, 207 persons have lost their lives and more than 450 are injured in the terror blasts”, she tweets.

Razeena (58), wife of Abdul Khader Kukkady, a native of Mangaluru who works as an executive in a firm in Dubai, has been killed in these blasts. According to her family sources, Sources said that  Kukkady and Ms. Razeena, who hails from Kerala, had been to Sri Lanka, a week ago on a vacation to meet her brother and her other relatives who are in Colombo. The couple were staying in the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.

They said that Ms. Razeena stayed back in the hotel while. Kukkady left to the airport on Sunday morning to catch a flight to Dubai. He landed in Dubai only to hear the news of the bomb blasts. Immediately he boarded a flight back to Colombo.

Kukkady is from the Kukkady family that runs the popular Kukkady Stores in Baikampady in Mangaluru. The family had also started Kukkady school, which is now known as the Bertrand Russell School.

Meanwhile,  Sri Lankan police say 207 people were killed and 450 wounded in a series of blasts in and around the country’s capital. Six nearly simultaneous blasts went off Sunday morning in three churches where worshippers were celebrating Easter and in three luxury hotels frequented by foreign tourists.

The magnitude of the bloodshed recalled Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war, when separatist Tamil Tigers and other rebel groups targeted the Central Bank, a shopping mall, a Buddhist temple and hotels popular with tourists. So far, no one immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday’s blasts.

“Many casualties including foreigners,” said Harsha de Silva, the Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution. Only around six per cent of mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka is Catholic, but the religion is seen as a unifying force because it includes people from both the Tamil and majority Sinhalese ethnic groups.

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