India confirms Infosys employee killed in Brussels attacks

AFP , Tuesday 29 Mar 2016

An Indian man missing since last week's bombings in Brussels died in the attacks that killed 35 people, his employer and India's government have said.

"It is with deep regret that we confirm the passing of our colleague Raghavendran Ganeshan in the terrible attack in Brussels," Indian software giant Infosys wrote on Twitter late Monday.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Raghavendran's family and with those who were injured or lost a loved one in these attacks," added the Bangalore-based software firm in another tweet.

India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that the 31-year-old, who had been working in Brussels for four years, was killed in the blast at Maalbeek metro station.

"Unfortunately, he was travelling in the same coach of the metro in which the suicide bomber blew himself up," Swaraj wrote.

"His mortal remains are being handed over to the family in Brussels."

Indian media said Raghavendran was from the southern state of Tamil Nadu and had recently become a father. His wife and young son are reportedly in India, while his parents and younger brother have travelled to Brussels.

On Monday, Belgian officials said the death toll from the March 22 Islamic State group bombings had climbed to 35 after four people died in hospital.

Some 340 were also injured in the attacks on the metro and Zaventem airport, Belgium's worst ever terror atrocity.

The dead include four Americans as well as people from countries from China to Britain, Sweden to Peru, testament to the cosmopolitan nature of a city that is home to both the European Union and NATO.

An Indian flight attendant who was pictured covered in dust and blood after the attacks at the airport, making newspaper front pages around the world, is currently recovering in hospital.

A haunting image of Jet Airways employee Nidhi Chaphekar, from Mumbai, showing her yellow jacket torn, became one of the most widely published images of the bombings.

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