One Taiwanese hurt in Sri Lanka blasts

04/21/2019 09:58 PM
Photo courtesy of Agence France-Presse
Photo courtesy of Agence France-Presse

Taipei, April 21 (CNA) A Taiwanese national was slightly hurt in a series of explosions that rocked Sri Lanka on Sunday and left more than 200 people dead and several hundreds injured, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Eight blasts ripped through luxury hotels and churches across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, resulting in the deaths of at least 207 people, including some foreign nationals, and sending 450 people to hospitals.

Three people have been arrested following the attacks, according to foreign media reports, citing Sri Lankan police, but nobody has claimed responsibility for the blasts.

Upon learning of the incidents, MOFA immediately instructed its office in Chennai, India, which is also responsible for Taiwan-related affairs in Sri Lanka to verify if Taiwanese were among the casualties, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said.

According to Lee, a Taiwanese male staying at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo suffered a cut on his foot from shattered glass as guests were evacuated from the hotel because he was not able to put his shoes on at that time, and he is now being treated in a local hospital.

There were no other reports indicating Taiwanese were hurt or trapped in the deadly blasts, Lee said.

The ministry condemned the apparent terror attacks and expressed its sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families, he added.

Lee also said MOFA has raised its travel warning for Sri Lanka from gray to orange.

Meanwhile, according to Fan Cheng-chieh (范成杰), director of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council's Colombo office, there are about 30 Taiwanese living or working in Colombo, all of whom were safe.

(By Charles Kang, Ku Chuan and Emerson Lim)


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