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39 foreign nationals among killed in Sri Lanka bombings

Turkey, Japan, UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Portugal, India, China and Australia confirm their citizens die in bombings

Emre Aytekin and Recep Sakar   | 22.04.2019
 39 foreign nationals among killed in Sri Lanka bombings

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka 

A total of 39 foreign nationals, including two Turkish people, lost their lives in Sunday's multiple terror attacks in Sri Lanka, local media reported on Monday.

A total of eight explosions targeting churches and hotels in and outside the capital Colombo left at least 290 people dead and over 500 others injured on Easter Sunday.

Turkey, Japan, the U.K., Denmark, India, the Netherlands, China, Australia and Portugal are the countries that have confirmed casualties of their citizens.

The bombings hit churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa cities, as well as Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand and Shangri La hotels in Colombo.

Among the victims were two citizens from Turkey, eight from the U.K. -- two of them with the dual U.S. citizenship --, five Indian nationals, three from Denmark, two Chinese and Australian citizens each, and one from Portugal, Japan and the Netherlands each.

There was a petrol bomb attack on a mosque in the northwestern district of Puttalum and arson attacks on two shops owned by Muslims in the western district of Kalutara on Sunday night, according to police reports.

The nationalities of the remaining 14 are yet to be announced.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan officials have not shared any information about the identities of the deceased.

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