Danish billionaire broke out into tears as three of his four children passed away in Sri Lanka’s deadliest terror attacks that eliminated 290 people leaving 500 others severely injured, according to a media report.
Denmark’s richest man identified as Anders Holch Povlsen (46) is known to be the largest landowner in Scotland after buying a series of historic estates.
The family were on a trip to visit Sri Lanka over the Easter holiday but little did they know that a disaster like this would happen.
Povlsen is the owner of the international clothing chain Bestseller. In fact, he is also the biggest single shareholder in clothing giant Asos and is the UK’s largest private landowner, as per the Times newspaper.
“Unfortunately, we can confirm the reports,” a Bestseller spokesman added in an email. “We ask you to respect the privacy of the family and we therefore have no further comments.”
Three days prior to attacks, Povlsen’s daughter Alma shared an Instagram photo of her siblings Astrid, Agnes and Alfred – with caption “three little bears” – in front of a swimming pool.
Povlsen and his wife Anne did not reveal which of their three children passed away in the bomb attack.
8 coordinated explosions which were triggered by suicide bombers targeted Easter worshippers and high end hotels popular with international guests.
The ferocious bomb blasts targeted St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa as the Easter Sunday mass were continuing.
3 explosions were reported from the five-star hotels namely the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury. It is learnt that injured foreigners and locals in hotel blasts were immediately admitted to the Colombo General Hospital.
The death toll in the country attacks stands at 290 after a string of blasts at churches and luxury hotels during Easter Sunday. Police have detained 24 people.
The vast majority of those killed are believed to be Sri Lankan citizens including a lot of Christians who lost their lives.