5 Indians among 290 killed in Sri Lanka serial blasts

Five Indians were among the 290 killed in the bombings in Sri Lanka on Sunday and about 500 people were wounded in the series of blasts that left the country grieving.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday identified two more individuals who lost their lives in the blasts on Sunday.

“We sadly confirm the deaths of the following two individuals in the blasts yesterday, K G Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa,” Swaraj tweeted.

Swaraj on Sunday in a tweet identified the three Indians as Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh.

“Indian High Commission in Colombo has conveyed that National Hospital has informed them about the death of three Indian nationals,” she tweeted.

The explosions targeted St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the town of Batticaloa in the east of the country on Sunday morning as the Easter mass were in progress.

Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels. Those who were injured in hotel blasts were admitted to the Hospital.

According to the reports, 24 people from the minority Muslim community have been arrested in connection with the multiple blasts.

A curfew which was imposed across Sri Lanka shortly after the serial blasts was lifted on early Monday.