Four-year-old city boy injured in Iraq blast dies
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The four-year-old boy from the city, who was injured in a bomb blast on Syria-Iraq border on may 27, died on Friday. Burhanuddin Jariwala, the only child of his parents, had gone to Iraq on a pilgrimage with his family.
Burhanuddin's grandfather Abbas Manaswala and seven-year-old Insiya Zakir Kothawala of Nagpur, who was also on the tour with her family, were killed in the explosion on Sunday evening. His last rites were performed in Najaf in Iraq on Friday. The Manaswala and Kothawala families belong to Dawoodi Bohra community. Burhanuddin's parents Yusuf and Lubaina were also injured in the incident.
Manaswala, his wife Saida, son-in-law Yusuf, daughter Lubaina, grandson Burhanuddin and Kothawala family had gone on a pilgrimage to Karbala in Iraq through a private tour operator on May 24. The bus in which they were travelling was hit by a blast near the border.
When contacted, Burhanuddin's uncle Mohammed Jariwala said, "We have lost two members of our family in the Iraq blast. The other three would be coming back to India in a few days. It is a very difficult situation for us. We got all help and support from the Iraq Government and the Dawoodi Bohra community in Iraq."
Burhanuddin was a nursery student at Hutchins School and lived with his family at Burhani Colony in Market Yard. His father Yusuf is a businessman, while his grandfather Manasawala lived in Fatima Nagar and owned a hardware shop called Universal Bearing and Tools in Ganesh Peth.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs had issued a statement asking Indians to avoid all "non-essential" travel to Syria in the view of the blast on the Syria-Iraq border.
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