bombing: Lankan missing
From Neville de Silva in London
A Sri Lankan woman was reported missing and another youth from Jaffna
was injured in London terrorist attacks which killed some 50 people.
About 30 people are reported missing and more than 700 people were
injured in the four blasts on Thursday.
Sri Lankan missing woman was identified as Sajanuja Varathsangaree,
26, a University student, hailing from Jaffna. The youth, Praveen
Vijeyendran, a 22-year-old university student, has been admitted
to the St. Thomas Hospital after he was injured in the explosion
at the Liverpool tube station. He has been living in London for
10 years with his family who are from Arali, Jaffna.
Sri Lankan High Commission in London has been on alert since London’s
biggest-ever terrorist attack in the event that Sri Lankans were
among the casualties. Police authorities said that at least another
20 bodies may be in a tunnel more than 100 feet below street level
and believe the death toll could rise considerably when rescue workers
reach the spot.
High Commission had received several telephone calls from Sri Lanka
inquiring about relatives and friends, Deputy High Commissioner
Sudantha Ganegama Aratchi told The Sunday Times.
British public has remained quietly defiant despite the terrorists
striking in four separate locations during the morning rush hour.
Though many offices remained closed on Friday mainly because the
underground tube service was not functioning, there were still others
who went to London by other public transport in a show of defiance
to prove they will not be cowed or change their way of life. Britain
could never forget last week. It was in the middle of celebrating
London’s successful bid to stage the 2012 Olympic Games when
terrorists struck turning triumph into horror.
the British authorities believe the attack had all the hallmarks
of an al Qaeda operation, British Muslims condemned the atrocity
at their Friday prayers and threw in their lot with other communities
who have denounced the bombings.