Four Pakistanis injured in Sri Lanka Easter blasts


At least four Pakistani nationals were among the 35 foreigners who were injured in a series of blasts that targeted popular tourist spots in Sri Lanka as Easter was being observed on Sunday.

The blasts that targeted high-end hotels and churches claimed the lives of over 207 people and left 450 others injured.

Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal confirmed that three Pakistani women and a child were among the casualties but only suffered minor injuries.

He said all four Pakistani nationals were admitted to hospitals for treatment and were discharged within a few hours after receiving medical aid.

The FO spokesman identified the three Pakistani women as Maheen Hasan, Muzna Humayun, and Atiqa Atif.

Earlier, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari claimed on Twitter that at least five Pakistani women were injured in one of the blasts at a hotel.

Other countries also issued updates on their citizens as dozens of foreigners, including British, Dutch and American citizens, are believed to be among the injured.

Confirming that one Dutch national was among the victims, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said he was horrified by the Easter attacks. “Our thoughts are with the victims, including one Dutch national at this moment,” he said.

Over in China, state newspaper People’s Daily said one Chinese national was killed in the attacks on Sri Lankan churches and hotels. Earlier, state news agency Xinhua said four Chinese nationals were injured but were in a stable condition in hospital.

Hospital sources also said Japanese citizens were among those injured by the bombs which ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services.