Tributes for Australian mother and daughter killed in Sri Lanka terror attacks

An Australian mother and daughter killed in a series of explosions in Sri Lanka, had returned to the country to care for a sick relative.

Businesswoman Manik Suriaaratchi and her 10-year-old daughter Alexendria were among the 290 people killed in coordinated bomb blasts that targeted churches and hotels on Easter Sunday.

The pair were preparing to make the holy day at a church in Negombo when they were killed.


Ms Suriaaratchi’s husband narrowly avoided being a casualty as he was trying to park the family car when the bomb went off.

In a post on Facebook, family friend Fahim Mawjood paid tribute to the pair.

“You lost your lives on a holy day in a holy place. The sweet memories of Alex and yours will live in our hearts forever. May your souls rest in peace Manik and Alex,” Mr Mawjood wrote.

Two other Australians were injured in the attacks, a woman in her 20s and a woman in her 50s.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has upgraded its travel advice for Sri Lanka in the wake of the attacks.

It urges Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Sri Lanka, while people already in the country are advised to avoid all affected areas and minimise movement until the situation stabilises.

It comes as fresh panic gripped Colombo after a van exploded near a church as Police tried to detonate three bombs inside.

The church had been targeted on Sunday and officers had gone to check on it.

No one was injured in the blast.

The Sri Lankan government is pointing the finger at the militant group National Thowfeek Jamaath for the attacks.

There are reports the group had help from an international terrorist organisation to carry out the attacks.

Investigations are also continuing into what authorities knew about the plot after it was revealed Police chiefs were warned about the possibility of attacks 10 days before they took place.