An Australian father whose wife and young daughter died during the Easter terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka has detailed the time when he discovered their lifeless bodies.
The Melbourne woman Manik Suriaaratchi and her 10-year-old daughter, Alexandria, were killed among 290 people in the bomb explosions that attacked tourists and Christians in the St. Sebastian church in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sunday.
Mrs. Suriaaratchi's husband, Sudesh Kolonne, was parking outside the family's car when the attack took place and rushed into the church after the explosion that feared the worst.
Manik Suriaaratchi and her 10-year-old daughter, Alexandria (both depicted with Sudesh Kolonne), were killed among 290 people in the bomb explosions targeted by tourists and Christians in Negombo, north of Colombo on Sunday.
Mrs. Suriaaratchi's husband, Sudesh Kolonne, was parking outside the family's car when the attack took place and rushed into the church after the explosion that feared the worst. Pictured: civil servants inspect the damaged St. Sebastian church
Mr. Kolonne said he found his wife and daughter on the floor of the church after the blast. Pictured: Security forces secure the area around the Sanctuary of St. Anthony after an explosion at St. Anthony & # 39; s Church at Kochchikade in Colombo, Sri Lanka
& # 39; I heard a huge noise and I jumped into the church and I saw my wife and daughter lying on the floor & # 39 ;, he told the ABC.
& # 39; I just saw my daughter on the floor and I tried to lift her, she was already dead. And exactly the same … after that my wife is there. & # 39;
The family had recently returned to Sri Lanka after living in Melbourne for decades.
& # 39; They were here, they were Australian citizens, and they went back three or four years to look after their mother & # 39 ;, family friend Fahim Mawjood told SBS.
Their destroyed family described the loss as & # 39; shocking & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It is really shocking to know that you are no longer here, & # 39; a relative said.
The family (Mr Kolonne and Alexandria pictured) had recently returned to Sri Lanka after having lived in Melbourne for decades
Sri Lankan soldiers look after the bombing in the Saint Sebastian church in Katuwapitiya in Negombo
A crime scene officer inspects the location of a bomb attack in a church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, who lost half the roof tiles with the power of the blast
& # 39; You lost your life on a holy day in a holy place. The sweet memories of Alex and yourself will live in our hearts forever. & # 39;
Timeline: how the attacks in Sri Lanka unfolded
10.10 local time: Witness reports suggest that two churches in Sri Lanka have been hit by explosions because worshipers gather on Easter Sunday. The historic sanctuary of St. Anthony in Colombo and the Saint Sebastian church in Negombo have been reported.
10:50: An unnamed security officer suggests that there have been six closely-timed attacks at three churches and three hotels and that suicide bombers may have been involved in at least two of the blasts.
12:20: According to reports in a state-run newspaper in Sri Lanka, 129 people died and more than 500 were taken to the hospital after six explosions.
01:50: The most important military officials of Sri Lanka have been brought together for an emergency meeting of the National Security Council. The meeting is convened by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who tweeted that & # 39; the government is taking immediate steps to curb the situation & # 39 ;.
03:45: Two more explosions are taking place, the first hitting a guesthouse in Dehiwala, killing at least two people, and the second in the Dematagoda district on the outskirts of Colombo.
05:20: It is reported that two police officers were killed during a dive on suspects in Dematagoda.
05:25: A national curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. is imposed by the Government of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Airlines tells passengers booked on flights from the country that they can fly despite the ban on going out. the government also closed social media sites and messaging apps to prevent the spread of misinformation or incitement to violence.
18.10pm: The number of victims of the explosion is now 207 dead and 450 injured, says the Sri Lankan police.
Officials say that seven suspects have been arrested.
On Sunday morning, suicide bombers targeted three churches, three luxury hotels and a guesthouse, while the authorities later found another explosive at the airport and transported it.
Mrs. Suriaaratchi was the founder and managing director of Omega Global, an international company management company specializing in hospitality, marina development, biotechnology solutions and aviation.
Suranga Tennakoon described her as & # 39; our most valuable asset in the hospitality industry & # 39; in a tribute after her death.
& # 39; Sri Lanka mourns, Australia mourns. Two Australians have lost their lives in this terrible massacre. My heart is full of sorrow for them and their families, as I am sure all Australians are, & # 39; said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a statement on Monday.
& # 39; We deeply regret these deaths and extend our deepest and most sincere sympathy to the family. & # 39;
Two Australian women between the ages of 20 and 50 were seriously injured – one got shrapnel and the other a broken leg. They are both in a stable state.
Mr Morrison admitted that there could be more victims because it was too early to say that all Australians were responsible, in particular double citizens who may not be identified as Australians immediately.
"As the days pass and the wounded are treated, and some of them also succumb to their wounds, we see this bloodbath disappear from what was bad, very bad, too much, much worse," he said.
& # 39; It's just a terribly sad day. Sri Lanka will simply be destroyed because of this, because I think all peaceful people of the world are. & # 39;
Eight explosions tore through monuments around the capital city of Colombo and on the east coast of Sri Lanka, aimed at Christians, hotel guests and foreign tourists on Sundays. More than 500 people were injured.
A one-meter-long pipe bomb was later found by air force personnel on a routine patrol at Bandaranaike International, the country's largest airport, also known as Katunayake Airport or Colombo International.
& # 39; A PVC pipe was discovered that was six feet long and contained explosives, & # 39; said air force spokesperson Gihan Seneviratne to the Sri Lankan Sunday Times.
A map showing where the eight explosions ended, six of them very quickly in succession on Easter Sunday morning
He said the bomb device had been discovered by air force personnel on a routine patrol and had been removed by the unit for removal of explosives regulations from the air force in a controlled area.
The attacks were carried out by seven suicide bombers. Officials said 13 suspects were arrested. No one has taken responsibility for the massacre.
The bombings represent the deadliest violence in Sri Lanka since a devastating civil war ended a decade ago on the island.
Blood stains are seen on the wall and on a statue of Jesus Christ in St. Sebastian's Church after an explosion in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, after the bombing