The son-in-law and a grandchild of ruling party lawmaker and Awami League Presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim is among the injured in the bomb attacks that struck Sri Lanka on Sunday (Apr 21).
“They both are in critical condition and undergoing treatment at a local hospital,” Selim's personal assistant Imrul Haque told Bangla Tribune on Sunday night.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is now in Brunei on an official visit, said a grandchild of Selim had gone missing.
She was addressing a reception accorded by Bangladesh community living in the kingdom’s capital Brunei Darussalam at the Indera Samudera Ballroom of the Empire Hotel and County Club on Sunday evening.
It’s a regretful incident that Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim’s daughter’s family became victims of the bomb blasts, state news agency BSS quoted PM Hasina.
“Selim’s son-in-law and a grandson were taking food at a restaurant, where a bomb blast took place,” Hasina said, adding the son-in-law was injured in the blast, while the grandson remained traceless till this (Sunday) afternoon.
MP Selim’s daughter Sheikh Amina Sultana Sonia, her husband Moshiul Haque Chowdhary Prince, and their two sons went to visit Sri Lanka recently.
They were staying at a hotel in Colombo that came under attack with three churches and several hotels during Easter Sunday celebrations.
Bangla Tribune could not immediately verify which of thier sons has been injured or has gone missing .
“Selim contacted to his son-in-law after the incident. Prince and his son were undergoing medical check-ups” said Haque adding update on their condition can be known later.
Lawmaker Selim is also a cousin of PM Hasina.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh High Commission in Colombo said they have received no report of Bangladeshi national’s death in the bombings so far.
“No report of Bangladesh citizen dead in the blasts till 8pm Dhaka time on Sunday,” Bangladesh High Commissioner in Colombo Riaz Hamidullah told Bangla Tribune.
“I went to a hospital after hearing the death news and found no Bangladeshi there,” Riaz said adding he met another Bangladeshi who was undergoing treatment after sustaining injuries in the blasts.
Earlier in the day, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam told the media in Dhaka that two Bangladesh nationals were unaccounted for and they went to Colombo as tourists with their family.
“One of the missing is an adult and the other one is a child,” he said.
Over 200 people were killed and at least 450 injured in bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in on the Indian Ocean island on Easter Sunday, the first major attack since the end of a civil war 10 years ago, reports Reuters.
The government declared a curfew in Colombo and blocked access to social media and messaging sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp.
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