Three of the four children of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen were among nearly 300 people killed on Easter Sunday when Islamic suicide bombers attacked hotels and churches in Sri Lanka, a Povlsen spokesman confirmed. Holch Povlsen, his wife Anne Holch Povlsen, and the couple's four children were in Colombo during the Easter vacation when the suicide bombing took place. They lived at the Shangri-La Hotel, which had been attacked by two suicide bombers on Sunday.
"Unfortunately, we can confirm the reports," said a spokesman for Bestseller, another Povlsen Fox News company. "We ask you to respect the privacy of the family and we therefore have no further comments."
The spokesman did not provide any further information about where the Holch Povlsen family was when the attacks took place. The identities of the children were not published.
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An Instagram account identified as a member of one of Holch Povlsen's children a post from a few days ago, showing her and two of her siblings. The Instagram post has since been flooded with condolences to the family, although it is unclear whether the depicted children were the deceased children.
The 46-year-old magnate, with a net worth of $ 7.9 billion, is the richest in Denmark. He is the largest shareholder of UK online retailer Asos and the largest landowner in Scotland. Holch Povlsen also holds significant shares in Zalando and Klarna.
Sunday's coordinated bombings ripped through churches and luxury hotels were carried out by seven suicide bombers of a militant group believed to be National Thowfeek Jamaath, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said.
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Senaratne said international intelligence services had warned against attacks on several occasions since the beginning of April, but Sri Lankan's representatives always had it not yet made deadly bombings.
Among the killers was Dieter Kowalski, a 40-year-old Denver, Colorado man who landed on Sunday, and his employer confirmed FOX31.
"We deeply mourn Dieter today. We pray for his soul and for his family and friends, "said John Fallon, CEO of Pearson. "We also pray for our colleagues in Sri Lanka, Denver and Boston and in Pearson offices around the world."
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The Daily Telegraph reports that five British citizens are among the dead, including television chef Shantha Mayadunne and her daughter Nisanga.
Shantha Mayadunne's website was named the first cook to host a live cooking show in Sri Lanka. She had also published several books.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.