Two JD(S) workers from Karnataka killed in Sri Lanka blasts, says Kumaraswamy


BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said that two JD(S) workers from Karnataka, who were on a visit to Sri Lanka, have died in the multiple blasts in the island country.

HD Kumaraswamy on Monday expressed his shock through his micro-blogging site Twitter.

“I am shocked to hear that a 7-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 strikes. I am in constant touch with the Indian High Commission on the reports of those missing”, he tweeted.

"External affairs Minister 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," Kumaraswamy tweeted.

On Sunday, Kumaraswamy had strongly condemned the terrorist attack and said terrorism is an act of cowardice and an attack on humanity.

On Easter Sunday, a string of eight devastating blasts rocked three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka, killing at least 250 people and injuring over 400 others.

The blasts targeted St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa around 8.45 am (local time).

Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels including the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury in Colombo.


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