t least two Chinese nationals were killed in a series of suicide bombings that targeted hotels and churches around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo on Easter Sunday. Five were also injured and five more remain missing.
The bombings have claimed the lives of at least 290 people, injuring 500 others. The Sri Lankan government has said that a local militant group named National Thowfeek Jamaath is behind the attacks.
While the Chinese embassy has yet to release the names of the two Chinese nationals who have been confirmed dead, state media has reported that they were a pair of cousins who were victim to the blast inside the Shangri-La Hotel.
The embassy has said that its officials have visited in the hospital those Chinese nationals who were injured in the blast. Four of them are reported to be students at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ South China Sea Institute of Oceanology who were on the way to a research trip in the Indian Ocean.
Meanwhile, four of those missing are reported to be students from the Ministry of Natural Resources’ First Institute of Oceanography who were also on their way to study the Indian Ocean.