Sri Lanka says 40 foreigners killed in bombings, 14 missing

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said 40 foreigners are now known to have died in Easter Sunday’s suicide bombings of churches and hotels with 14 unaccounted for and possibly dead.

The fatalities were one from Bangladesh, two from China, 11 from India, three from Denmark, one from Japan, one from the Netherlands, one from Portugal, two from Saudi Arabia, two from Spain, one from Switzerland, two from Turkey, six from the UK, one from USA, two holding US and UK nationalities, one holding Swiss and Dutch nationalities, one holding Dutch and Sri Lankan nationalities, and two holding Australian and Sri Lankan nationalities.

Human remains of 16 foreign nationals have been repatriated to date.

“Additionally, 14 foreign nationals are unaccounted for at present, and could be among the unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary,” the statement said.

Five foreign nationals injured in the attacks are receiving treatment at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital and private hospitals in Colombo while others have been discharged from hospital following treatment.

The Foreign Ministry said it continues to be in close contact with the relevant hospital authorities to identify the remaining victims and will continue to monitor the welfare of the foreign nationals receiving treatment.
(COLOMBO, April 26, 2019-SB)

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