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Colombo, May 9: A US official injured in Easter Sunday suicide bombings has died in an Singapore hospital, hence raising the total number killed to 258, including 45 foreigners. Ms Alaina Teplitz, the United States ambassador to Sri Lanka, paid tribute to Ms Chelsea Decaminada. She was in Shangri-La hotel in Colombo on April 21.
Ms Teplitz said “We pay tribute to Chelsea – and all those lost and injured – by partnering with Sri Lanka and nations worldwide to bring unity in the face of terrorism.”
Ms Decaminada, a graduate of Duke University, worked for the US Commerce Department and was on assignment in Sri Lanka when she was caught in the bombings, claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group and attributed to a local radical cell called National Thowheeth Jama’ath.
Churches and luxury hotels were targeted by bombers which is the worst single-day bombing against civilians in the nation. Ms Decaminada was airlifted to Singapore for treatment, but she died from her injuries over the weekend.