Keralite woman died in Sri Lanka hotel blast during checkout

Keralite woman died in Sri Lanka hotel blast while she was checking out
Razeena Khader was among the eight Indian dead after a string of devastating suicide blasts struck churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing 290 people on Easter Sunday.
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Mangaluru: Razeena Khader, the Keralite woman who died in a bomb blast at Colombo, was about to check out from a hotel there after a week's stay with her husband when the explosion occurred, a relative here said Monday.

Razeena and seven other Indians are among the dead after a string of devastating suicide blasts struck churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing 290 people on Easter Sunday.

As her husband had to leave urgently for Dubai, Razeena saw him off at the airport in the morning and came back to the Shangri-La hotel where she was staying to check out, when the explosion took place, Usman, her brother-in-law, told reporters here.

The couple, who are settled in Dubai, had gone to Colombo to meet Razeenas relatives there.

She was planning to stay at her brothers house in Colombo for a day before returning to Dubai, he said. Razeena's husband Abdul Khader is a native of Baikampady near Suratkal in the city.

The two had come to their house here only a month back, Usman said.

The couple has two children, Fara and Khanfar, who are settled in the US, he said.

Her husband, who learnt about the shocking news on reaching Dubai, returned to Colombo by the night flight Sunday.

Their children are expected to reach Colombo, he said.

Khader's family members have also left for Colombo, Usman said.

Razeena belongs to a family from Mogral Puthur in Kerala's Kasaragod district.

Her father P S Abdulla, who had migrated to Sri Lanka decades back and was doing business there, had died three years ago.

Many of her relatives are settled in Colombo.

Steps were being taken to bring back Razeena's body as soon as possible, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Sunday.

"The NORKA (Department of Non-resident Keralites Affairs) authorities are in touch with the High Commissioner's office and the relatives," Pinarayi said in a release.

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