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Sri Lanka blasts: Five JD(S) workers from Bengaluru among 290 dead

Eight blasts rocked the island country of Sri Lanka which killed at least 290 people. Five Bengalureans from the Janata Dal (Secular) are also among the 290 killed. The seven member JDS workers had gone to Sri Lanka for a vacation. There are no details as of now about the other two.

Sri Lanka blasts Five JDS workers Bengaluru among 290 dead
Colombo, First Published Apr 22, 2019, 12:44 PM IST
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Colombo:  Five from Bengaluru are among the 290 that were killed in the dastardly attacks that took place in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The five deceased are part of a seven-member group from the Janata Dal (Secular) party in Bengaluru. There is no word yet on the other two.

TV channel Suvarna News stated that the five deceased are M Rangappa, Hanumantharayappa, Ramesh, Laxmi Narayan and Shivakumar.

There are no details about the two others who were also part of the group.

Seven JD(S) workers had travelled to Sri Lanka on a vacation on April 20 and were missing after the serial blasts in the country.

They had left for a vacation after campaigning for Congress leader Veerappa Moily, alliance candidate from Chikkaballapur Lok Sabha constituency.

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The bomb blasts killed at least 290 people and were staying at Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, where a bomb went off on April 21.

JDS leader and Karnataka chief minister Kumaraswamy took to Twitter to say that he was shocked about the deaths.

"I am shocked to hear that a seven-member team of JDS workers from Karnataka who were touring Colombo has gone missing after 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 reports of those missing."

The confirmation about the five dead, came after the chief minister’s tweet.

The Sri Lankan Air Force, early Monday, also defused an improvised pipe bomb found close to Colombo's main airport. No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Police said 13 people have been arrested in connection with the bomb blasts that ripped through churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday.

As per the reports from Sri Lanka, at least two of the eight attacks were carried out by suicide bombers.  

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