Saudia Airlines
Source: Traveller

On Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka fell victim to a wave of deadly blasts, leaving over 359 people dead and 500 injured. Around 60 people have been arrested in an investigation following the attacks, which targeted several churches and luxury hotels in the country.

Two Saudi crew members of Saudia Airlines were among the victims who lost their lives in the tragic bombings. On Tuesday, the airline released a statement confirming the death of its cabin manager Ahmed Zain Jaafari and Hani Maged Othman, a flight attendant at the airlines. 

"Myself, the entire management team and all of the team members of Saudi Arabian Airlines are with very heavy hearts, filled with deep sorrow, as the airline confirms that two of its cabin crew members have passed away in the explosions which took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka," the statement read.

"Our thoughts, prayers and full support are with the families at this time," it added.

The Saudi nationals were in transit in the capital of Sri Lanka and were lodging at one of the hotels that were targeted in the horrific attacks. 

Luxury hotels, including the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand, and the Kingsbury, were among the targets in the Sunday attacks. Three Christian churches also fell victim to the deadly blasts.

Fourteen foreign nationals are currently unaccounted for, according to CNN, and several other injured individuals are currently undergoing treatment in hospitals in Colombo.

A former Dubai resident was also among the victims in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.

Identified as Lakshan Rodrigo, The National reported that the hotel worker had been killed during his shift at the Shangri-La hotel.

The 36-year-old victim previously worked at the Grand Hyatt Dubai between 2003 and 2016.

"Honest, dedicated and hardworking, Lakshan was an integral part of the hotel team and loved by all those who had the privilege to meet him. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and anyone who has been affected by these terrible events," said Ruwan Rajapaksha, Grand Hyatt Dubai's banquet manager, according to The National.