45 children killed in Sri Lanka bombings: UN

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Geneva:  At least 45 children were among 321 people killed in Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday suicide bombings, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

“The total now is 45 children who died,” Unicef spokesman Christophe Boulierac told reporters in Geneva, stressing that others children “are wounded and are now fighting for their lives”, meaning the toll among minors from the Sunday attacks could rise.

The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the carnage which also injured 500 people.

A total of 40 foreigners were also among those killed and another 30 are receiving treatment in various hospitals, an official said on Tuesday.

Kishu Gomes, Chairman of both the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, was quoted by the Daily Mirror newspaper as saying: “With regard to the injured, we have a plan to give them the best (treatment) they can get.”

Sri Lankan authorities had until now put the number of foreigners killed on Sunday at 35.


Published on: Apr 23, 2019 at 18:50 IST


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