Mangaluru, April 21, 2019: It has come to light that one of the victims of Easter Sunday Massacre in Sri Lanka is a Mangalurean woman. Reliable sources have identified the victim as Razeena Khader Kukkady (58), wife of Abdul Khader Kukkady. She was killed in a bomb blast at Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo this morning at 8.45am. It is learned that the Kukkady couple was on a holiday to Sri Lanka to meet Razeena’s relatives. More details are awaited.
Razeena hails from Mogral Puttur near Kasargod. She is an alumnus of St. Agnes College in the city. Her husband Abdul Khader Kukkady is from Baikampady in the city. The couple was based in Dubai. In fact her husband had left for Dubai in the morning, leaving her behind to catch a flight for Mangalore later in the day.
This morning at least 160 people have been killed and over 400 injured in one of the deadliest terror attacks in the island nation’s history. About 35 foreign tourists are believed to be among the dead.
An official at the Shangri-La hotel told AFP the blast there had hit the restaurant, and reported at least one person had been killed.
At the Shangri-La hotel, a photographer saw extensive damage on the second floor restaurant, with windows blown out and electrical wires hanging from the ceiling.
A total of six nearly simultaneous blasts were reported in the country, hitting three high-end hotels and one church in Colombo, along with two additional churches outside the capital in Negombo and Batticaloa. The seventh and eight blasts were subsequently reported leading the authorities to declare curfew in Colombo.
Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet.