Remains of 31 foreign nationals repatriated

The human remains of 31 foreign nationals killed in the Easter Sunday attacks have been repatriated to date, the Foreign Ministry said today.

As at Monday, 06 May 2019 1900 hours, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as killed is 44.

The fatalities were: one (01) from Bangladesh, six (06) from China, eleven (11) from India (10 Indian nationals and 01 Sri Lanka Passport holder with Overseas Citizen of India status), three (03) from Denmark, one (01) from Japan, one (01) from the Netherlands, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from Saudi Arabia, two (02) from Spain, one (01) from Switzerland, two (02) from Turkey, six (06) from the UK, one (01) from USA, two (02) holding US and UK nationalities, one (01) holding Swiss and Dutch nationalities, one (01) holding Dutch and Sri Lankan nationalities, and two (02) holding Australian and Sri Lankan nationalities.

Additionally, 10 foreign nationals are unaccounted for at present, and could be among the unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary, the Foreign Ministry said.

The Foreign Ministry said that it continues to liaise with the JMO office and Diplomatic Missions concerned in the identification and repatriation of human remains.

Representatives of the relevant Sri Lanka Missions in the countries concerned attended funerals and memorial services of the victims and expressed condolences on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka. Official condolence messages were sent by the Heads of Mission to the bereaved families.

All over the world, many, including political leaders and dignitaries visited Sri Lanka Missions to sign the books of condolence, expressing sympathy and solidarity with Sri Lanka at its time of grief.

Sri Lankan expatriates joined interfaith religious observances including candle light vigils organized by Sri Lanka Missions in memory of those who were killed in the Easter Sunday terror attacks.


  1. Sri Lankan Tamils have a proverb ‘You can predict when you will get a stomachache, but can’t predict Indians.’ Tamils trusted Indians and took arms. What was the outcome? They gone backward, now North is popular for drinking alcohol but behind in education. If you are not wise enough to think, at least you must follow your forefathers proverb. Since the independence Sri Lanka has placed its two legs in two different boats. This is the reason it is constantly falling and going through unnecessary pain and agony.

    ‘You can’t move forward if you trust and rely on Indians. Sri Lanka needs a leader who can move the whole country in one accord, one mind and one purpose. Former President JR was right in his foreign policy to develop the country, but did not prepare the people. Eventually Indians used Tamils to divide and rule Sri Lanka. Singapore is a dot in the world map, but didn’t scare for Malaysia or Indonesia, because it was committed to the powerful West. Sri Lankan needs that kind of commitment to China to move forward.’


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