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Sri Lanka church, hotel massacre victims include TV chef, mother and son, Americans

The identity of some victims of the Easter massacre in Sri Lanka emerged Sunday evening – including a British mother and her 11-year-old son, along with a TV chef and her daughter. About the course of the day, a series of bombs exploded, including at churches and luxury hotels, killing more than 200 people. It was the deadliest series of attacks on the South Asian island since it became a civilian war there ended a decade ago. The explosions – most of them in or around Colombo, the capital – collapsed ceilings and blew out windows, killing hot dogs and hotel guests in one scene after another of smoke, soot, blood, broken glass, screams and wailing alarms. Most of those killed were Sri Lankan. But the three bombed hotels and one of the churches, St. Anthony's Shrine, frequented by foreign tourists, and Sri Lanka's Foreign Ministry, at least 27 foreign visitors from a variety of countries were recovered. The U.S. said "several" American were among the dead, while Britain and China said, too, lost citizens. Among the first victims identified: Shantha Mayadunne, a TV chef, right, and her daughter, Nisanga. (Facebook)       The Daily Telegraph reported that five British nationals are among the dead, including Shantha Mayadunne, a TV chef, and her daughter, Nisanga. Shantha Mayadunne's website identified as the first chef to host a live cooking show in Sri Lanka. She also had published multiple books. Alex Nicholson, 11, left, and his mother, Anita, 42, right, were killed; father Ben…

The identity of some victims of the Easter massacre in Sri Lanka emerged Sunday evening – including a British mother and her 11-year-old son, along with a TV chef and her daughter.

About the course of the day, a series of bombs exploded, including at churches and luxury hotels, killing more than 200 people. It was the deadliest series of attacks on the South Asian island since it became a civilian war there ended a decade ago.

The explosions – most of them in or around Colombo, the capital – collapsed ceilings and blew out windows, killing hot dogs and hotel guests in one scene after another of smoke, soot, blood, broken glass, screams and wailing alarms.

Most of those killed were Sri Lankan. But the three bombed hotels and one of the churches, St. Anthony’s Shrine, frequented by foreign tourists, and Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry, at least 27 foreign visitors from a variety of countries were recovered.

The U.S. said “several” American were among the dead, while Britain and China said, too, lost citizens.

Among the first victims identified: Shantha Mayadunne, a TV chef, right, and her daughter, Nisanga. (Facebook)

The Daily Telegraph reported that five British nationals are among the dead, including Shantha Mayadunne, a TV chef, and her daughter, Nisanga.

Shantha Mayadunne’s website identified as the first chef to host a live cooking show in Sri Lanka. She also had published multiple books.

Alex Nicholson, 11, left, and his mother, Anita, 42, right, were killed; father Ben survived, while the family’s youngest daughter was missing. (Facebook)

News reported that Alex Nicholson, 11, and his mother, Anita, 42, were killed; father Ben survived, while the family’s youngest daughter was unaccounted for.

In addition, British politician Tulip Siddiq announced she had “lost a relative” in the attacks. She did not elaborate.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said at least 207 people were killed and 450 wounded.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he feared the massacre could trigger instability in Sri Lanka, a country of about 21 million people, and vowed to “west all the necessary powers with the defense forces” to take action against those responsible. The government imposed a nationwide curfew from 6 pm to 6 a.m. and blocked Facebook and other social media, saying it needed to curtail the spread of false information and ease tension.

The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, called on Sri Lanka’s government to “mercilessly” punish those responsible “because only animals can keep like that. ”

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The scale of the bloodshed recalled the worst days of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, in which the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group from the ethnic Tamil minority, sought independence from the Buddhist-majority country. During the war, the Tigers and other rebels carried out a multitude of bombings. The Tamils ​​are Hindu, Muslim and Christian

Sri Lanka, situated at the southern tip of India, is about 70 percent Buddhist, with the rest of the population Muslim, Hindu or Christian. While there have been scattered incidents of anti-Christian harassment in recent years, there has been nothing on the scale of what happened Sunday.

Six nearly simultaneous blasts took place in the morning in Colombo at St. Anthony’s Shrine – a Catholic church – and the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels. After a lull of a few hours, two more explosions occurred at St. Sebastian Catholic church in Negombo, mostly Catholic town north of Colombo, and at the Protestant Zion church in the eastern town of Batticaloa.

Three police officers were killed while conducting a search at a suspected safe house in Dematagoda, on the outskirts of TV, when its occupants apparently detonated explosives to prevent arrest, Wijewardena said.

Local TV showed the Shangri-La’s second-floor restaurant was gutted, with the ceiling and windows blown out. Loose wires hung and tables were overturned in the blackened space.

Fox News’ Mike Arroyo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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