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Two Sri Lankan victims in Abu Dhabi explosion; one dead, one in ICU

ECONOMYNEXT – Two Sri Lankan victims have been identified in an explosion at a restaurant in Abu Dhabi on Monday (August 31), Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry said. One had died while the other victim is currently receiving intensive care at an Abu Dhabi hospital.

Sri Lanka Embassy officials in Abu Dhabi have visited the hospital to verify the information. The Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka said the embassy and the ministry are in contact with UAE law enforcement and hospital authorities to provide necessary assistance.

According to Abu Dhabi media reports, the explosions had occurred due to a “misalignment in the gas container fittings after the residential building was refuelled”. The explosion hit the KFC and Hardees restaurants in Abu Dhabi’s Rashid bin Saeed locally known as Airport Road.

The Abu Dhabi media office had said in a tweet, “Unfortunately, two victims lost their lives – one near the site of the incident, and a second passer-by who was hit by debris. We extend our heartfelt condolences to their families; God rest their souls.”

However, some reports say three had died in the explosion, two suspected to be Filipinos. Another explosion had taken place in Dubai the same day in which one had died. (Colombo/Sep03/2020)

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