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Wife, sister of Colombo bomber also killed

Colombo, April 23 (IANS): The wife and sister of a suicide bomber who struck the Shangri-La Hotel in the Sri Lankan capital were killed in the last of the eight deadly blasts that rocked the country on Easter Sunday.

According to the Daily Mirror, the police informed Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court on Monday that the suicide bomber at the Shangri-La had been identified as Insan Seela­van, owner of a factory.

The report said that when a police team entered a house in the Colombo suburb of Oru­godawatta at Dematagoda for a search, a suicide bom­b­er blew himself up, causing the concrete floor of the two-storey building to come crashing down.

It instantly killed three policemen as well as the wife and sister of the Shangri-La suicide bomber, the police told the court.

Nine employees of Seelavan’s factory were among 24 arrested in connection with the bombings and have been remanded by the court till May 6.

A string of suicide bombings in three Sri Lankan cities on Sunday left 321 people dead and over 500 injured.


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