Denmark's richest man, Povlsen loses children in bombings as victims' nationality emerges

Three of the four children of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen died in the Sri Lankan bombings

Camera Icon Three of the four children of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen died in the Sri Lankan

Povlsen made his fortune as the owner of the Danish fashion group Bestseller, which is the largest stakeholder in the online giant Asos, with 26.66 percent of the company.

The broadcaster quoted Povlsen's spokesman as saying that the billionaire's family were visiting Sri Lanka over the Easter holiday.

Forbes named him the richest Dane in 2018, with a net worth pegged at $6.4 billion (world's No. 252).

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UK: Sri Lanka's top diplomat in Britain says authorities know of eight British nationals killed in the bombings.

UNITED STATES: Dieter Kowalski, who lived in Denver and worked for global education company Pearson, died in the blasts shortly after he arrived at his hotel for a business trip, the company and his family told AP. The women and their family were eating Easter breakfast in a restaurant in the upscale Shangri-La hotel in Colombo Sunday morning when the bombs detonated.

"Unfortunately, we can confirm the reports", the spokesman said. He said he could not give further information about the victims because he "had to respect the privacy of the family".

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Sri Lankan authorities said citizens of 11 countries, including 39 foreign tourists, had died in the attacks.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that several U.S. citizens were among those killed.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the United Kingdom would offer Sri Lanka support in the days to come. Family members and the employer of one American victim, Dieter Kowalski of Denver, have confirmed his death.

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Sri Lankan officials said that a total of 24 suspects had been arrested and blame a local terror group, National Thowfeek Jamaath. It's unclear which of Anders's young children (whose names are reportedly Agnes Povlsen, Alma Povlsen, Astrid Povlsen and son, Alfred Povlsen) were killed in the attack.

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