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Man's Entire Family Wiped Out In Sri Lanka Bombing

A British man has paid tribute to his wife and two children, who were killed in an explosion in Colombo as the family were sitting at their table.

A British man lost his wife and their two children in the Sri Lanka bomb attacks when an explosion rocked the Shangri-la Hotel in Colombo as the family were sitting at their table.

Ben Nicholson was the only member of the family to survive the hotel blast on Sunday morning, as his wife Anita Nicholson and their two children Alex, 14, and Annabel, 11, were killed.

Local media reported that after the explosion Nicholson desperately searched for his family, who had been on holiday with him from their home in Singapore.

"Mercifully, all three of them died instantly and with no pain or suffering," Nicholson said in a statement on Monday.

The Nicholson family, L-R: Alex, Anita, Ben and Annabel. Photo: Facebook.

"I am deeply distressed at the loss of my wife and children. Anita was a wonderful, perfect wife and a brilliant, loving and inspirational mother to our two wonderful children."

Anita Nicholson was a lawyer for mining and metals company Anglo American, while Ben Nicholson is a partner with law firm Kennedys.

"Anita was a wonderful, perfect wife and a brilliant, loving and inspirational mother to our two wonderful children," Nicholson said.

"The holiday we had just enjoyed was a testament to Anita’s enjoyment of travel and providing a rich and colourful life for our family, and especially our children.

Photo: Facebook.

"Alex and Annabel were the most amazing, intelligent, talented and thoughtful children and Anita and I were immensely proud of them both and looking forward to seeing them develop into adulthood.

"They shared with their mother the priceless ability to light up any room they entered and bring joy to the lives of all they came into contact with."

At least 290 people were killed and nearly 500 wounded in the series of bombings that targeted churches and hotels on Easter Sunday.

Three hotels and four churches were targeted in the suicide bombings. Photo: Reuters.

Most were Sri Lankans, while dozens of foreigners were also killed. They include an Australian mother and her 10-year-old daughter and three children of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, the man behind online fashion retailer ASOS.

Eight British nationals died, as well as citizens from the US, Turkey, India, China, the Netherlands and Portugal.

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