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‘I don’t want to accept it’: sole family survivor of Sri Lanka blasts

The Sri Lankan girl, who attended the service in St. Sebastian church with her sister and parents, were one of those killed on that fateful day as simultaneous bomb blasts hit hotels and churches across the island nation, killing more than 250 people including 40 foreign nationals.

Vishmi, her elder sister Nethmi Kanchanamanjari and father Sampath Wishwakirthi Wickramarathne were all killed in the blast when a suicide bomber set off the bomb in the crowded church located in the heart of a majority Roman Catholic area.

“I don’t want to accept that,” Vishmi’s mother Chandima Niranjali Yasawardheena, the sole survivor of the family, told Reuters.

Nearly two weeks after the attack the island nation is still reeling from the shock as fresh security threats loom.

Security intelligence had warned against possible fresh round of attacks before the fasting month of Ramadan, which due to start next Monday (May 6).

Schools nationwide are set to reopen next week, the education ministry said, but the classmates of Vishmi and Nethmi are going to miss the sisters.

(Production: Neeraj Khanna, Angie Teo)

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