Denmark’s richest man loses three children in Sri Lanka bombings

Three children of the individual who owns the second largest extent of lands in England and is an extremely wealthy person in Denmark killed in the explosions

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen's four children were among the almost 300 people killed on Easter Sunday when Islamic suicide bombers attacked hotels and churches in Sri Lanka, a spokesperson for Povlsen's company confirmed.

Three children of the billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen died in the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka on Sunday.

The names of the deceased children have not been released but Denmark's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said three Danes were killed in the attack.

The Danish entrepreneur owns clothing company Bestseller, which is the biggest shareholder in British fashion retailer Asos with a stake of over 26 percent.

He declined to give any additional detail surrounding the the incident, and asked that the media respect the family's privacy.

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The seven suicide bombers were all Sri Lankan citizens belonging to National Thowfeek Jamaath, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said at a news conference on Monday.

"Unfortunately, we can confirm the reports", a Bestseller spokesman told BBC in an email. Twenty-four people have since been arrested in a series of raids.

Brits and Americans were amongst the dead, with a total of EIGHT explosions ripping through Churches & hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka today.

Sri Lankan police also said they had found 87 bomb detonators at a bus station in Colombo, 12 scattered on the ground and another 75 in a garbage dump nearby, Al Jazeera reports.

One of Povlsen's children, Alma, had shared a photo of her siblings by the poolside just days before the devastating attack.

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In this August 21, 2017 file photo, Bestseller CEO Anders Holch Povlsen speaks during an event in Aarhus, Denmark.

Danish media reported that Holch Povlsen was in Sri Lanka with his family on vacation.

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

Povlsen is Scotland's largest individual private landowner, holding more than 220,000 acres in the Scottish highlands.

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