UPDATE | The first images of the man suspected of being behind the Easter bombing in Sri Lanka, have been revealed.
EARLIER | It has been revealed a mother and daughter from Australia lost their lives in a terror attack in Sri Lanka.
Politicians and the general public have taken to Facebook to express their condolences after at least 290 people were killed and more than 500 injured.
The victims were Manik Suriaaratchi and daughter Alexandria. They were attending Easter Mass at a Negombo church when a blast rang out.
AusNewsLanka, an online news magazine for Sri Lankans in Australia, confirmed the mother and daughter, from Melbourne’s south-east, lost their lives in the blast.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed their deaths in a Twitter post.
Deeply sad to report it has been confirmed two Australians were killed in the Sri Lankan Easter Sunday terrorist attack yesterday. The two Australians were from the same family and were living in Sri Lanka.— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) April 22, 2019
He also revealed Australians had been injured in the Easter Sunday bombing.
I can also confirm two other Australian citizens were injured in the attacks. They have received medical treatment for their injuries and are recovering. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who have passed away and the injured.— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) April 22, 2019
Mr Morrison said out of respect for the family, no further details were available on Manik and her daughter, other than one of the victims was a dual national according to News Corp.
The publication reports that of the injured Australians, one was a woman in her mid-50s and a woman in her late 20s.
The Prime Minister could not rule out more Australians being injured or killed in the Sri Lankan tragedy.
By Michelle Price