Families around the world are in mourning with 253 people dead and at least 500 more injured in Sri Lanka’s horrific Easter Sunday suicide bombings. The attacks mark the worst violence in the country since it emerged from three decades of bloody civil war. The vast majority of those who lost their lives in the six nearly simultaneous blasts that targeted hotels and Easter worshippers in church for the Sunday morning service were Sri Lankans. Nearly a week on, morgues have been overwhelmed with the scale of the carnage. On Thursday, the Sri Lankan Health Ministry revised the previous death toll which stood at 359 to 253, citing the difficulty of counting and identifying bodies after an explosion. Authorities say at least 38 foreigners were among those killed in Sri Lanka – many of them tourists sitting down to breakfast at high-end hotels in the commercial capital of Colombo when the bombers struck. They included eight British nationals, along with Americans, Australians, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese nationals. Several entire families lost generations in one blast, and an Indian political party lost eight members. Danish ASOS billionaire and Scotland’s biggest individual private landowner Anders Holch Povslen lost… Read full this story
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