Sri Lanka attacks: 2 JD(S) workers dead, 5 remain untraceable


Team Udayavani, Apr 22, 2019, 11:55 AM IST

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Bengaluru: According to the latest reports, Two of the seven Janata Dal (Secular) leaders who were reportedly staying at Shangri-La Hotel in Sri Lanka’s Colombo, died in the serial bomb blasts that that rocked the island nation on Sunday, April 21.

The deceased are identified as KG Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa.

Following the blast Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy in a tweet informed: “I am shocked to hear that a seven member team of JDS workers from Karnataka who were touring Colombo has gone missing aftermath the bomb blasts in #Colombo. Two of them are feared killed in the terror strike. I am in constant touch with the Indian High Commission on the where abouts of the missing”.

In another tweet, Kumaraswamy expressed his grief over their death and said, “External affairs Min. @SushmaSwaraj has confirmed the death of two Kannadigas, KG Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa, in the bomb blasts in Colombo. I am deeply shocked at the loss of our JDS party workers, whom I know personally. We stand with their families in this hour of grief.”

Five people from India were confirmed dead and 25 unidentified bodies believed to be of foreign nationals is currently at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary.

A string of eight devastating blasts, including suicide attacks, struck churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 290 people and shattering a decade of peace in the island nation since the end of the brutal civil war with the LTTE.

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