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Kids of Danish billionaire killed in Sri Lanka attacks

Denmark’s richest man, Anders Holch Povlsen, and his wife lost three of their four children in sunday Easter attack in Sri Lanka, a spokesman for Povlsen’s fashion firm said on Monday.

The spokesman declined to give any further details but Danish media said the family had been on holiday in Sri Lanka.

A string of bombings at churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka killed 290 people and wounded about 500 in Sunday’s attacks. A senior investigator said on Monday that seven suicide bombers had taken part in the attacks.

Povlsen is the owner of fashion firm Bestseller, which includes brands like Vero Moda and Jack & Jones, and is the majority stakeholder in online retailer Asos while also holding a big stake in Zalando.

At least 290 people were killed in the explosions and more than 500 were wounded. At least 30 foreigners are among the confirmed fatalities, including those from the UK, China, Turkey, Japan, the Netherlands, China, Portugal, Australia and India.

In Colombo, St Anthony’s Shrine and hotels the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury were targeted in the first wave of explosions shortly before 9am local time, as worshippers attended morning services and tourists enjoyed breakfast.

A few hours later, two more blasts occurred just outside Colombo, one of them at a guest house, where two people were killed, and the other near an overpass.

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