Three Indians have died in the serial blasts in Colombo that ripped through three churches during Easter Services and five hotels, where dozens of tourists were staying. More than 200 people died in the blasts and around 450 people were injured, said Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.
In a series of tweets, Ms Swaraj said, “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.”
Another woman from Kerala, who had settled in Dubai, also died in the blasts, reported news agency IANS.
“I conveyed to the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka that India is ready to provide all humanitarian assistance. In case required, we are ready to despatch our medical teams as well,” read another tweet from Ms Swaraj.
The powerful blasts – six in quick succession and then two more hours later – left hundreds injured and wrought devastation, including at the capital’s well-known St Anthony’s Shrine, a historic Catholic Church.
Seven people suspected of having links with the terror attacks have been arrested, Sri Lanka’s Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said, adding “most the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers”.
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