Firefighter at Manchester IRA bomb is victim of Sri Lanka horror

Firefighter at Manchester IRA bomb is victim of Sri Lanka horror

The British family of four went in to the restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, but Ben Nicholson was the only one who survived the explosion, detonated by a suicide bomber in line at the restaurant's buffet. However, they did not provide any evidences to prove that they are behind the devastating attack.

According to ABC News, the terrorist group first claimed responsibility for the attack through their Amaq news agency on Tuesday. And as tension remained high, police reported a fresh explosion as they attempted to defuse another suspected bomb found Monday near one of the three churches targeted.

The Queen has offered her condolences to Sri Lanka's president, saying her thoughts and prayers were with all Sri Lankans.

TWO British teenagers were among further victims of the Sri Lanka attacks to be named yesterday.

They include former firefighter Bill Harrop and his partner, Dr Sally Bradley, from Manchester who were also on holiday. "Neither I nor the Ministers were kept informed", PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

At least eight Indians are confirmed to have been killed in the serial suicide blasts across churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, that left 290 dead and several injured on Easter Sunday, officials said on Monday.

Heightened security was evident at an worldwide airport outside the capital where security personnel patrolled with explosives-sniffing dogs, checked vehicle trunks and questioned drivers.

MPs observed a minute's silence in the Commons on Tuesday in memory of those killed in the Sri Lanka terror attacks, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt calling it a "truly heartbreaking situation".

It was not immediately clear what action, if any, was taken after the threats.

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The fifth-grade boy, Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa, had been on leave for the a year ago in Sri Lanka and was killed in the bomb attacks Sunday.

The violence was the worst the country has witnessed since the 26-year civil war ended in 2009.

While anti-Muslim bigotry has swept the island in recent years, fed by Buddhist nationalists, the island also has no history of violent Muslim militants.

The victims include six Janata Dal (S) workers from Karnataka, who were in Colombo on a vacation and staying at the Shangri-La Hotel, and a woman from Kerala, P.S. Raseena, who was identified by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

The country's defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament that "preliminary investigations" indicated that the bombings were in retaliation for deadly attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, but gave no further information.

Anita, Alex and Annabel leave behind a large extended family and many close and cherished friends who are now grieving this tragic loss. Blasts also rocked the Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand hotels in the country's capital.

The siblings are among 291 people killed in the atrocities which have injured more than 500.

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, said at least 110 of the dead were killed at St. Sebastian's, making it the deadliest of the attacks.

All day we have had people coming here I ask about missing people.

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