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High Commission: 2 Bangladeshis injured in Sri Lanka bomb blasts

  • Published at 01:57 pm April 21st, 2019
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Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019 Reuters

There is no report of any Bangladeshi citizens missing in the aftermath of the bomb blasts that rocked Sri Lanka on Sunday, Bangladesh high commission in Sri Lanka told Dhaka Tribune

Two Bangladeshi citizens were injured in the deadly bomb blasts in Colombo, Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people on Sunday. 

Speaking to Dhaka Tribune from a local hospital on Sunday evening, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Riaz Hamidullah said their injuries were not life threatening.

The identities of the injured Bangladeshis have yet to be confirmed.

No Bangladeshi citizens have been reported to be killed or missing as yet, the high commissioner further said.

"The mission is contacting the Bangladeshis living in the country. A hotline has been opened for emergency communication with our citizens," he added.

The envoy also said that expatriate Bangladeshis in Sri Lanka had been advised to stay home or at safe places, considering the circumstances.

Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three luxury hotels killed at least 207 people and wounded more than 400, hospital and police officials said, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.

Priests walk into the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019 Reuters

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Following the gruesome attack on Easter day, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called a National Security Council meeting at his home for later in the day.

"I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong," he said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, Mahmuda Begum of the Bangladesh High Commission in Colombo, who has been appointed as the point person to assist Bangladeshis regarding the attacks, told Dhaka Tribune around 5:40pm: "I do not have any information regarding the missing of any Bangladesh nationals in the attacks.

"Our high commissioner is contacting different authorities to find out if any Bangladeshi has been affected."

The Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided the following hotline number, +94117399453, of the Bangladesh High Commission in Sri Lanka to find any information and updates related to the tragic incident of the attacks.