Published On: Mon, Apr 22nd, 2019

Sri Lanka: British mother and son killed in bomb attacks in Colombo | World | News

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The family were having breakfast at a five-star hotel when suicide bombs ripped through the country, the Telegraph reported. Anita Nicholson, 42, and son Alex, 11, were at the Shangri La hotel in the country’s capital, Colombo. Husband, Ben, is the only one reportedly to survive the attack while their daughter is currently missing.

Mr Nicholson is said to be “completely in shock” following the attacks which killed 207 people.

The couple were both lawyers in Singapore, according to their LinkedIn profiles.

Mahen Kariyawasan, former president of the SriLanka Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) told The Telegraph that he met Mr Nicholson at hospital when he went to help survivors.

He told the paper: “They were at the Shangri La hotel when the explosion happened.

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“That’s where they got injured.”

The UK’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris, condemned the attacks on his Twitter.

He wrote: “I’ve been speaking this afternoon with Brits in hospital who have been affected by today’s senseless attacks.

“My team’s and my thoughts go out to all those people who are suffering as a result of the deplorable violence Sri Lanka has witnessed this Easter Sunday.”

A further three British nationals were killed in the attacks which targeted churches and hotels.

At least 450 people have been injured in the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago.

The government has acknowledged that it had “prior information” of attacks on churches involving a little known local Islamist group but didn’t do enough about it.

Out of Sri Lanka’s total population of around 22 million, 70 percent are Buddhist, 12.6 percent Hindu, 9.7 percent Muslim and 7.6 percent Christian, according to the country’s 2012 census.

In February-March last year, there were a series of religious clashes between Sinhalese Buddhists and Muslims in the towns of Ampara and Kandy.

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