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A view of St. Sebastian's Church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. ((AP Photo/Chamila Karunarathne))

A mother and her daughter have been identified as the two Australian citizens that lost their lives during the bombing attacks in Sri Lanka. A British couple from Perth also died during the attacks, in one of the Colombo’s hotels. More than 310 people have been confirmed dead by the local authorities.     

By
Vasilis Ragousis, Themi Kallos
Published on
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 16:48
Duration
6 min 4 sec

Manik Suriyaaratchi and her 10-year-old daughter Alexendria lost their lives when a bomb went off inside the church of St. Sebastian in Negombo. The two were inside the church while Mrs. Suriyaaratchi’s husband, Sudesh Kolonne, was outside, parking their car.

Once he heard the explosion, he rushed to the church, finding the bodies of his daughter and his wife, who died in his arms.

The family were Australian citizens but had been living in Sri Lanka for the past four years, to take care of their mother.

Among the victims were also Dr. Sally Bradley and her husband, Bill Harrop, from Britain. The two had been living in Australia since 2013, but were planning to return back to the United Kingdom soon. 

The dead currently number 310. Authorities have arrested 40 suspects over the attacks. 

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