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Thirty foreign nationals from 13 states killed in Sri Lanka attacks, says Foreign Ministry

Those victims were from Bangladesh, China, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the UK, the US, Sri Lanka and Australia.

NEW DELHI, April 22. /TASS/. At least 30 foreign nationals from 13 counties were killed in explosions in Sri Lanka on Sunday that claimed the lives of at least 290 people on Sunday, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on its website on Monday.

It said explosions at churches and hotels of Sri Lanka killed one person from Bangladesh, 2 Chinese nationals, eight Indians, a French national, a Japanese national, a national of the Netherlands, as well as one person from Portugal, two Saudi Arabians, one Spaniard, two Turkish citizens, and six people from the UK. Besides, the blasts killed two people having the American and UK citizenship and two people with the citizenship of Sri Lanka and Australia.

Fourteen foreign nationals are missing and may be among the yet unidentified victims. Seventeen foreign nationals are in hospitals of Colombo. The lists of the people killed and injured in the blasts are being updated.

On April 21, a chain of terrorist attacks, unprecedented in the country’s history, took place in Sri Lanka. A total of eight explosions occurred in high-end hotels and churches in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa during Easter services. According to recent data, the attacks claimed 290 lives. The country’s authorities have confirmed that the explosions were carried out by suicide bombers who were Sri Lankan nationals. On Monday, an explosives-filled van exploded outside a church in Colombo while experts were trying to defuse it.