Denver Man Among 290 Killed In Sri Lanka Suicide Bomber Attacks

Denver Man Dead Sri Lanka Suicide Bomber Easter Attacks mi
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Apr. 22 2019, Updated 3:50 p.m. ET

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Suicide bombers took the lives of at least 290 people when they launched a collection of terror attacks in Sri Lanka this Easter Sunday.

Dieter Kowalski, a 40-year-old Denver resident, is the first American victim to be confirmed dead, though Sri Lankan officials believe at least 32 foreigners were killed.

The man’s brother confirmed to reporters that his brother was killed in the terror attack that took place at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo hotel.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on Sunday that “several” U.S. citizens are among the victims. has learned seven bombers, thought to be of the little-known Islamist group called National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ), coordinated the attacks, showing up at five-star hotels and churches in Sri Lanka this Sunday, April 21. Officials believe they were targeting westerners and Christians due to the holiday.

After the fatal explosions, officials recovered Islamist extremist material from a hotel room in the area.

Billionaire ASOS owner Anders Holch Povlsen lost three of his four children in the bombings. A spokesman for him confirmed their deaths.

Officials have not disclosed the names of the deceased. Another 500 victims are thought to be alive but injured.


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