Sri Lanka, TV, mother and son, Americans
Sri Lanka's emerged Sunday evening – including a British mother and her daughter.
Over the course of the year day, a series of bombs exploded, including more than 200 people.
The explosions – most of them in or around Colombo, the capital – collapsed and blew out windows, killing Worshipers and hotel guests in a scene after another of smoke, soot, blood, broken glass, screams and wailing alarms.
Most of those killed were Sri Lankans. But the three bombed hotels and one of the churches, St. Anthony's Shrine, were visited by foreign tourists, and Sri Lanka's Foreign Ministry said the bodies of at least 27 foreign visitors from a variety of countries were recovered.
Shantha Mayadunne, a TV chef, right, and her daughter, Nisanga. (Facebook)
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.
The Daily Telegraph Lanka. She also 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)
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 "take all 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.
The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, called on Sri Lanka's government to "mercilessly punish those responsible" because only animals can behave like that. "
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The scale of the bloodshed was recalled the worst days of Sri Lanka's 26-year civil, in which the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group from the ethnic Tamil minority, is 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, located off the southern tip of India, is about 70 percent Buddhist, with the remainder of the Muslim, Hindu or Christian population.
Six nearly simultaneous blast 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 few hours, two more explosions occurred at St. Sebastian's Catholic church in Negombo, mostly Catholic city north of Colombo, and at the Protestant Zion church in the eastern town of Batticaloa.
Three police officers were killed Wijewardena said.
Local TV showed 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. From outside the police cordon, three bodies could be covered in white sheets.
Fox News' Mike Arroyo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.