CCTV footage captured the moment one of the suicide bombers in Sri Lanka walked into a church just moments before detonating a device, Indian media has claimed

CCTV footage captured the moment one of the suicide bombers in Sri Lanka walked into a church just moments before detonating a device, Indian media has claimed.

The chilling footage, which reportedly shows one of the attackers entering St Sebastian’s Church, shows a man wearing a large backpack walking into the building.

A large queue of people can be seen waiting outside ahead of the attack on Easter Sunday in the clip from the Indian channel TV 9.

The news comes after a van exploded near another church hit by suicide bombers in the co-ordinated attacks which killed 290 people.

Dramatic footage shows the vehicle erupting into a fireball around 50 metres from the St Anthony’s Shrine, one of three churches targeted in a string of suicide bombs on Sunday that killed 290 people. 

The news comes as Sri Lankan authorities blamed the co-ordinated attacks on a little-known Islamist group with links to international terrorists.

Seven suicide bombers launched attacks on churches and five-star hotels, killing hundreds and injuring more than 500 people. 

National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ), an extremist Muslim group, are said to be behind the attacks, with Sri Lankan officials saying they received an intelligence warning ten days before. 

Sri Lankan police also found 87 bomb detonators at the main bus station in the capital city today.  

Meanwhile survivors of one of the church bombings have described how a suicide bomber calmly walked past worshippers and even touched a child on the head moments before the blast. 

One survivor, Dilip Fernando said his family were at the St Sebastian’s church when the bomber struck in Sri Lanka’s seaside town of Negombo at around 7.30am on Easter Sunday. 

This CCTV footage reportedly shows the moment one of the suicide bombers walks into a church in Sri Lanka before detonating a device on Easter Sunday

This CCTV footage reportedly shows the moment one of the suicide bombers walks into a church in Sri Lanka before detonating a device on Easter Sunday

This CCTV footage reportedly shows the moment one of the suicide bombers walks into a church in Sri Lanka before detonating a device on Easter Sunday

The chilling footage, which reportedly shows one of the attackers entering St Sebastian's Church, shows a man wearing a large backpack walking into the building past a long queue of people

The chilling footage, which reportedly shows one of the attackers entering St Sebastian's Church, shows a man wearing a large backpack walking into the building past a long queue of people

The chilling footage, which reportedly shows one of the attackers entering St Sebastian’s Church, shows a man wearing a large backpack walking into the building past a long queue of people

An explosion went off in a van near one of the churches attacked as bomb squad officials attempted to defuse it on Monday

An explosion went off in a van near one of the churches attacked as bomb squad officials attempted to defuse it on Monday

An explosion went off in a van near one of the churches attacked as bomb squad officials attempted to defuse it on Monday

Sri Lankan authorities also found 87 bomb detonators in the capital earlier today. Pictured: the moment the van exploded

Sri Lankan authorities also found 87 bomb detonators in the capital earlier today. Pictured: the moment the van exploded

Sri Lankan authorities also found 87 bomb detonators in the capital earlier today. Pictured: the moment the van exploded

Smoke rises after a vehicle parked near St Anthony's shrine exploded in Colombo today, just a day after dozens were killed in a separate blast

Smoke rises after a vehicle parked near St Anthony's shrine exploded in Colombo today, just a day after dozens were killed in a separate blast

Smoke rises after a vehicle parked near St Anthony’s shrine exploded in Colombo today, just a day after dozens were killed in a separate blast

Sri Lankan security forces stand at the site after a vehicle parked near St. Anthony's shrine exploded in Colombo today

Sri Lankan security forces stand at the site after a vehicle parked near St. Anthony's shrine exploded in Colombo today

Sri Lankan security forces stand at the site after a vehicle parked near St. Anthony’s shrine exploded in Colombo today

Sri Lankan soldiers rushed through the streets around the capital after the explosion today. Authorities in the country have blamed the attacks on Easter Sunday on an Islamist group

Sri Lankan soldiers rushed through the streets around the capital after the explosion today. Authorities in the country have blamed the attacks on Easter Sunday on an Islamist group

Sri Lankan soldiers rushed through the streets around the capital after the explosion today. Authorities in the country have blamed the attacks on Easter Sunday on an Islamist group

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said today that the attacks were carried out with the help of an ‘international network’.

He added: ‘We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country. There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.’  

All of the bombers were Sri Lankan citizens, but authorities suspect foreign links, Health Minister Senaratne said at a news conference today. 

Islamist extremist material has been recovered from a hotel room allegedly used by the suspects in the Sri Lanka hotel bombings, MailOnline can reveal. 

Not much is known about the NTJ, a radical Muslim group that his been linked to the vandalising of Buddhist statues, but it is feared the militants may of had help from international terrorists such as ISIS.   

Fernando’s family described seeing a ‘very young and innocent’ man who he believed to be one of the bombers calmly walked past his family.

He said: ‘At the end of the mass they [his family] saw one young man go into the church with a heavy bag. He touched my granddaughter’s head on the way past. It was the bomber.’  

Sri Lankan people run for safety as authorities announced an evacuation of the area after a van was found parked with a suspected explosive device near St Anthony's Church Kochchikade in Colombo

Sri Lankan people run for safety as authorities announced an evacuation of the area after a van was found parked with a suspected explosive device near St Anthony's Church Kochchikade in Colombo

Sri Lankan people run for safety as authorities announced an evacuation of the area after a van was found parked with a suspected explosive device near St Anthony’s Church Kochchikade in Colombo

Video footage showed a suspicious vehicle parked near the shrine that was targeted yesterday by a blast that killed dozens of people

Video footage showed a suspicious vehicle parked near the shrine that was targeted yesterday by a blast that killed dozens of people

Video footage showed a suspicious vehicle parked near the shrine that was targeted yesterday by a blast that killed dozens of people 

Sri Lankan soldiers look on inside the St Sebastian's Church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo following a bomb blast during the Easter service that killed dozens of worshippers

Sri Lankan soldiers look on inside the St Sebastian's Church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo following a bomb blast during the Easter service that killed dozens of worshippers

Sri Lankan soldiers look on inside the St Sebastian’s Church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo following a bomb blast during the Easter service that killed dozens of worshippers 

Security personnel inspect the interior of St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, where survivors described seeing a 'very young and innocent' man who he believed to be one of the bombers calmly walk

Security personnel inspect the interior of St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, where survivors described seeing a 'very young and innocent' man who he believed to be one of the bombers calmly walk

Security personnel inspect the interior of St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, where survivors described seeing a ‘very young and innocent’ man who he believed to be one of the bombers calmly walk

A statue is pictured next to shrapnel marks at St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo a day after the building was hit as part of a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka

A statue is pictured next to shrapnel marks at St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo a day after the building was hit as part of a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka

A statue is pictured next to shrapnel marks at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo a day after the building was hit as part of a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka

Police officers work at the scene at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Negombo

Police officers work at the scene at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Negombo

Police officers work at the scene at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Negombo

Two men inspect damage from the roof of a restaurant at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo after a bomb blast ripped through the building

Two men inspect damage from the roof of a restaurant at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo after a bomb blast ripped through the building

Two men inspect damage from the roof of a restaurant at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo after a bomb blast ripped through the building

Sri Lankan police clear the area while Special Task Force Bomb Squad officers inspect the site of an exploded van near a church that was attacked yesterday

Sri Lankan police clear the area while Special Task Force Bomb Squad officers inspect the site of an exploded van near a church that was attacked yesterday

Sri Lankan police clear the area while Special Task Force Bomb Squad officers inspect the site of an exploded van near a church that was attacked yesterday

They wondered why the attacker was entering the church with mass nearly over, Fernando said, adding that the man had looked to be around 30 and ‘very young and innocent’, according to his relatives. 

Shortly after the man entered the church, there was a massive blast. 

Fernando said: ‘He was not excited or afraid. He was so calm. They heard it and quickly ran away, they were so afraid. They called me immediately to ask if I was inside the church, but by then I was in a different church.’

He said no one in his family had been killed or injured, but that the community had been devastated by the attack.

‘I’m so lucky because normally I would go to this church. We are relieved, we were so lucky but we’re really sad for the whole village’, he said.

‘There are going to be huge funerals in this village soon.’

But he added that Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic community, a minority that makes up just six per cent of the population, would not be intimidated.

‘If the church was open this morning then I would have gone inside. We are not afraid. We won’t let terrorists win, no way.’ 

People pray outside the St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo a day after the building was hit as part of a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka

People pray outside the St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo a day after the building was hit as part of a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka

People pray outside the St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo a day after the building was hit as part of a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka

Security personnel inspect the interior of St Sebastian's Church in Negombo. At least 290 are now known to have died in the series of bomb blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, in the worst violence to hit the island since its devastating civil war ended a decade ago

Security personnel inspect the interior of St Sebastian's Church in Negombo. At least 290 are now known to have died in the series of bomb blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, in the worst violence to hit the island since its devastating civil war ended a decade ago

Security personnel inspect the interior of St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo. At least 290 are now known to have died in the series of bomb blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, in the worst violence to hit the island since its devastating civil war ended a decade ago

A view of the damage at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Negombo

A view of the damage at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Negombo

A view of the damage at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Negombo

Sri Lankan security personnel walk past dead bodies covered with blankets amid blast debris at St. Anthony's Shrine following an explosion in the church in Kochchikade in Colombo

Sri Lankan security personnel walk past dead bodies covered with blankets amid blast debris at St. Anthony's Shrine following an explosion in the church in Kochchikade in Colombo

Sri Lankan security personnel walk past dead bodies covered with blankets amid blast debris at St. Anthony’s Shrine following an explosion in the church in Kochchikade in Colombo

Shoes and belongings of victims are collected as evidence at St Sebastian's Church. One survivor's family described how they narrowly avoided being killed in the explosive as it was too crowded to enter the building

Shoes and belongings of victims are collected as evidence at St Sebastian's Church. One survivor's family described how they narrowly avoided being killed in the explosive as it was too crowded to enter the building

Shoes and belongings of victims are collected as evidence at St Sebastian’s Church. One survivor’s family described how they narrowly avoided being killed in the explosive as it was too crowded to enter the building 

A total of seven suicide bombers were involved in the six attacks, which no group has yet claimed. Early evidence points to the relatively unknown Islamist group National Thowheed Jamaath, according to intelligence chiefs, who warn that more attacks are expected. 

Earlier, Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena described the blasts as a terrorist attack by religious extremists, and police said a total of 24 suspects had been arrested, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Wijewardena said most of the bombings were believed to have been suicide attacks. 

It emerged today that billionaire ASOS owner Anders Holch Povlsen lost three of his four children in the Sri Lanka terror attacks.

One of the victims include a British mother and her son having breakfast in a five star hotel in Colombo.

Alex Nicholson, 11, his mother, Anita, 42, were killed in the Table One cafe on the second-floor of the Shangri La hotel in the country’s capital at around 8.30am.

They were on a family holiday. Alex’s father Ben Nicholson survived the blast but the whereabouts of the couple’s youngest daughter are unknown. 

Mr Nicholson is not believed to have suffered life-threatening injuries and was seen at the capital’s Judicial Medical Office with his ear plastered, said to be ‘completely in shock’.

The family were living in Singapore, where Mrs Nicholson had worked for BP before joining mining company Anglo American. Mr Nicholson was a partner in the Singapore office of Kennedys Legal Solutions and advises clients on insurance law.  

Sri Lankan military standing guard near the explosion site at a church in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. It was one of seven churches and hotels bombed during coordinated attacks around the country

Sri Lankan military standing guard near the explosion site at a church in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. It was one of seven churches and hotels bombed during coordinated attacks around the country

Sri Lankan military standing guard near the explosion site at a church in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. It was one of seven churches and hotels bombed during coordinated attacks around the country 

Friends and relatives mourn for Mary Noman Shanthi, 58, and Rohan Marselas Wimanna, 59, who died in the blasts mainly around the capital city of Colombo

Friends and relatives mourn for Mary Noman Shanthi, 58, and Rohan Marselas Wimanna, 59, who died in the blasts mainly around the capital city of Colombo

Friends and relatives mourn for Mary Noman Shanthi, 58, and Rohan Marselas Wimanna, 59, who died in the blasts mainly around the capital city of Colombo 

Sri Lankans living near St. Anthony's shrine run for safety after police found explosive devices in parked vehicle

Sri Lankans living near St. Anthony's shrine run for safety after police found explosive devices in parked vehicle

Sri Lankans living near St. Anthony’s shrine run for safety after police found explosive devices in parked vehicle

Families fled the area around the shrine as soldiers swarmed the streets in the aftermath of the car bomb in Colombo

Families fled the area around the shrine as soldiers swarmed the streets in the aftermath of the car bomb in Colombo

Families fled the area around the shrine as soldiers swarmed the streets in the aftermath of the car bomb in Colombo 

Last night the Nicholson’s family, in Essex were too upset to speak. One relative said: ‘It’s all still very raw.’ 

Earlier in confusing scenes, the boy’s friends launched a social media search for Alex, reporting that both his mother and sister had been killed but that he was missing.

Friends of Alex posted a picture of him and said: ‘Please help us find him. He was at Shangri-La. His mother and sister died and now his father is frantically looking for him.’

But Rohan Amarasekera, manager of Sri Lankan holiday specialist Andrew The travel in sri lanka Company, later said Alex had died, saying: ‘Alex has passed away, our sympathies. His body has been identified. His dad is OK, but his mum has passed away also.’ 

A spokesman for the Shangri-La hotel confirmed the Nicholson family had all been staying there and had been caught up in the tragedy. There was no official confirmation from local police or the Foreign Office. 

The Nicholsons worked as lawyers based in Singapore, according to their online profiles. 

Mrs Nicholson, a former legal adviser to HM Treasury, moved to Singapore to work for oil firm BP in April 2012. According to her Linked profile her current employer was Anglo America, the mining company.

Her husband is listed as a partner in the Singapore office of Kennedys Legal Solutions and advises clients on insurance law.

Mahen Kariyawasan, of the SriLanka Inbound tour operators (SLAITO) told The Telegraph he met Mr Nicholson yesterday at the Colombo general hospital, where he went to help survivors.

‘They were at the Shangri La hotel when the explosion happened,’ he said. ‘That’s where they got injured.’

The Nicholson family are believed to have been in Sri Lanka for around a week and had booked their trip via Adhvan Tours, a spokeswoman said.

‘I spoke to Ben in the morning,’ she said. ‘Naturally he was shaken up. The hospital authorities are very supportive. I think he was in shock.’

Alex (left) and Anita Nicholson (second left) were killed in the blast. Ben Nicholson (right) is reported to be in 'complete shock' having received minor injuries and the whereabouts of the couple's daughter are unknown

Alex (left) and Anita Nicholson (second left) were killed in the blast. Ben Nicholson (right) is reported to be in 'complete shock' having received minor injuries and the whereabouts of the couple's daughter are unknown

Alex (left) and Anita Nicholson (second left) were killed in the blast. Ben Nicholson (right) is reported to be in ‘complete shock’ having received minor injuries and the whereabouts of the couple’s daughter are unknown

Alex Nicholson, 11, left, was killed with his mother Anita, 42, right, as they ate breakfast in the Shangri La in Colombo. The whereabouts of his sister, pictured centre, are unknown

Alex Nicholson, 11, left, was killed with his mother Anita, 42, right, as they ate breakfast in the Shangri La in Colombo. The whereabouts of his sister, pictured centre, are unknown

Alex Nicholson, 11, left, was killed with his mother Anita, 42, right, as they ate breakfast in the Shangri La in Colombo. The whereabouts of his sister, pictured centre, are unknown 

Ben and Anita Nicholson. Mrs Nicholson was killed in the blast at their hotel yesterday morning along with her 11-year-old son Alex

Ben and Anita Nicholson. Mrs Nicholson was killed in the blast at their hotel yesterday morning along with her 11-year-old son Alex

Ben and Anita Nicholson. Mrs Nicholson was killed in the blast at their hotel yesterday morning along with her 11-year-old son Alex

Alex and Anita Nicholson photographed in London in 2015. Both were killed in the bomb blast in the Shangri-La hotel

Alex and Anita Nicholson photographed in London in 2015. Both were killed in the bomb blast in the Shangri-La hotel

Alex and Anita Nicholson photographed in London in 2015. Both were killed in the bomb blast in the Shangri-La hotel  

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