Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 July 2019

Mother-of-two from Dubai killed in Sri Lanka bomb blasts

Razeena Kukkady, 58, is understood to have been on holiday with her husband in Colombo when attackers struck

Razeena Kukkady, 58, is understood to have died in a bomb blast at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.
Razeena Kukkady, 58, is understood to have died in a bomb blast at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.

A mother-of-two from Dubai is understood to have been killed in one of the devastating bomb blasts that shook Sri Lanka early on Sunday.

Razeena Kukkady, 58, is thought to have been enjoying breakfast in the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo when the attackers struck.

Relatives described her as a keen traveller and a "fantastic cook" who was always ready to help others.

Born in India, she grew up in Sri Lanka but later moved to Jumeriah Lake Towers in Dubai with her husband.

It is thought he had flown back to the UAE just hours before suicide bombers launched their assault.

“She was very silent and generous person,” said Abdulla Madumoole, a relative.

“She used to travel the world over. [She was] a very good cook. She is Indian by birth but brought up in Sri Lanka and had a Sri Lankan passport.

“[She] went from Dubai for a vacation [and] was staying in the Shangri-La Hotel.

"This morning, after dropping [her] husband at the airport she went back to the hotel."

More than 200 people are believed to have died following a wave of bombs detonated in packed churches and hotels across Sri Lanka.

Leaders from around the world have condemned the attacks, in which 27 foreigners are also thought to have been killed.

Officials said initial investigations had established that suicide bombers were responsible for the attacks but there were no immediate claims of responsibility.

Writing on Facebook, one friend said she had known Ms Kukkady while she had lived in Bahrain. "May her soul rest in peace," she said.

Ms Kukkady's husband only learned of the attacks on landing in Dubai and immediately caught a flight back to Sri Lanka. "He is totally devastated," said Ms Madumoole.

The couple's two grown-up children are believed to live in the US.

Updated: April 21, 2019 09:58 PM

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