New Delhi: An Indian woman is among the 207 people killed in the eight blasts that rocked Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo on Easter Sunday. The woman has been identified as Razeena Khader Kukkady, a resident of Karnataka’s Mangaluru. (Colombo blasts Live Updates) Also Read - Sri Lanka Easter Bombings: Top Cop, Former Defence Chief Arrested Over 'Failure to Act on Warnings'
The 58-year-old woman was reportedly in Sri Lanka to meet some friends. She had arrived in the country with her husband, who left for Dubai. Also Read - 8 Muslim Officials Resign in Solidarity With Minister Accused of Supporting Militants Responsible For Sri Lankan Blasts: Report
Razeena was at a restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo when the blast took place at around 8.45 am. Also Read - Sri Lankan Engineer, One of The Main Plotters in Colombo Blasts, Was Under India's Survellience in 2016
As per media reports, Razeena, an alumnus of St. Agnes College, hails from Mogral Puttur near Kasaragod in Kerala.
Earlier on Sunday, eight blasts rocked parts of Colombo during Easter mass. The death toll in the incident rose to 207 in evening. The eighth blast rocked a housing complex in the city around 3 PM (IST), killing three persons and leaving several others injured. Meanwhile, as per foreign media, seven suspects have been arrested so far.
The government of Sri Lanka, in the wake of the dastardly attack, imposed social media ban across the country. Night curfew, from 6 PM on Sunday to 6 AM on Monday, has also been announced. (Helpline numbers issued by India)
The serial blasts in Sri Lanka was strongly condemned by India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a telephonic conversation with President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, conveyed heart-felt condolences on his own behalf and on behalf of all Indians at the loss of over one hundred and fifty innocent lives in today’s terrorist attacks.
The Ministry of External Affairs in India extended all possible help to the distress in Sri Lanka. “Indians in distress may please contact Indian High Commission in Colombo. We will provide you all assistance. @IndiainSL Our helpline numbers are : +94777903082,+94112422788,+94112422789, +94112422789.”