No reports of Sri Lankans affected in Paris attacks

No reports of Sri Lankans affected in Paris attacks

November 14, 2015   10:16 am

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Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in France Tilak Ranaviraja says that he is constantly in touch with French security officials and that so far there have been no reports of any Sri Lankans being affected by the series of terrorist attacks which were carried out across Paris and left more than 100 people dead on Friday.

The Ambassador said that those who require more information regarding their relatives or loved one living in France can dial – 003789238926.

Meanwhile the Spokesman of the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said that Sri Lankans‬ in Paris who need assistance should contact Col. Nazeer Majeed on +33620505232 or Deputy Chief of Mission Ms Gunasekera on +33677048117.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the attacks in Paris tonight,” Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena wrote on Twitter.

Terrorists -- some with AK-47s, some reportedly with bombs strapped to them -- attacked sites throughout the French capital and at the stadium where a soccer match between France and world champion Germany was underway.

A total of six locations were attacked in and just outside the capital, Paris prosecutor François Molins told reporters Saturday.

Five suspected attackers have been “neutralized,” said Molins. It was unclear whether that term meant the terrorists were dead.

At least 153 people were killed in the Paris and Saint-Denis shootings and bombings, French officials said. Saint-Denis is home to the national stadium where the soccer match was being played.

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