‘We will know more after 72 hours,’ says the ruling party leader
Awami League Presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim has said that his son-in-law Mashiul Haque Chowdhury is now in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital in Sri Lanka, but his condition is improving.
He made the statement while talking to reporters at the Chairman Bari playground in Dhaka’s Banani around 1pm on Tuesday.
Mashiul was injured in one of the bomb blasts that ripped through several churches and hotels in Colombo on Easter Sunday. He was later admitted to a local hospital.
One of his sons, Zayan Chowdhury, was killed in the same blast.
Sheikh Selim said: “I spoke with my family members there in the morning. They said Mashiul’s condition is still critical, but he is improving. We will know more after 72 hours.”
He said splinters from the blast had hit Mashiul’s kidney and liver, and some of them were still in his body.
Selim, who is a cousin to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, added that doctors said it would be at least two more weeks before they could shift Mashiul.
According to family sources, Mashiul was able to talk 12 hours after the attack and following multiple surgeries on his leg.
Sheikh Selim’s younger brother Sheikh Fazlur Rahman Maruf said that Zayan’s body would be brought back to Dhaka on Wednesday.
Zayan will be buried at Banani Graveyard after Asar prayers after a namaz-e-janaza at Chairman Bari playground.
The family also urged everyone to pray for Zayan’s departed soul.
Many Awami League leaders, including Tofail Ahmed, Deputy Speaker of parliament Md Fazle Rabbi Miah, Muhammad Abdul Mannan, have met Sheikh Selim and his family and expressed their condolences.
Devastating Easter bombings in Sri Lanka were retaliation for attacks on mosques in New Zealand, a Sri Lankan official said on Tuesday, as Islamic State claimed responsibility for the coordinated blasts that killed 321 people.
Islamic State's claim, issued on its Amaq news agency, came shortly after Sri Lanka said two domestic Islamist groups, with suspected links to foreign militants, were believed to have been behind the attacks at three churches and four hotels, which wounded about 500 people.