he number of Chinese nationals who were killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka last month has been raised to six.
On Wednesday, the Chinese embassy in Colombo confirmed the deaths of four scientists from the Ministry of Natural Resources’ First Institute of Oceanography who were in the country while on the way to study the Indian Ocean. Previously, they were listed as “missing” but their bodies were later found and identified by family members.
Also killed were a pair of cousins who were victim to the blast inside of the Shangri-La hotel. In additon, five researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences were also injured in the explosions. They have all been transferred back to China for further treatment.
In total, the series of suicide bombings targeting hotels and churches around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo claimed the lives of 253 people, including 42 foreign nationals, and injured at least 500 more. The Sri Lankan government has said that a local militant group named National Thowfeek Jamaath was behind the attacks.