Colombo: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s kin was reported dead in Sri Lanka blasts on Monday that ripped through the island-nation and killed as many as 290 people. Over 500 were also injured in the blasts.
Hasina’s cousin Sheikh Selim’s daughter Sheikh Sonia was on a vacation to Sri Lanka along with her husband Mashiul Haque Chowdhury and two kids. At the time of the blast, Sonia’s family was having a meal at the Shangri-La hotel’s restaurant.
The blast left Sonia’s husband Mashiul Haque Chowdhury seriously injured and her eight-year-old son Zayan Chowdhury missing. Mashiul Haque was rushed to the hospital by the local authorities.
The Bangladesh Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmood Humayun confirmed to reporters in Dhaka today that the eight-year-old grandson of Sheikh Selim, Zayan Chowdhury died in the blast. “Zayan’s dead body will be brought to Bangladesh from Sri Lanka tomorrow,” Humayun told reporters in Dhaka.
However, the son-in-law of Sheikh Salim, Mashiul Haque Chowdhury will remain hospitalised in the Sri Lanka Hospital until his condition improves. As many as 290 people were killed and about 500 wounded by a string of bombings that tore through churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. The attacks are been billed as the worst-ever in the history of the island nation after the civil war that ended almost a decade ago.