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Dad had to make heartbreaking choice on which child to save in Sri Lanka attack — in the end, both kids died

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 23/4/2019 Nelson Oliveira
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA - APRIL 21: Security forces inspect the scene after a blast targeting Shangri La hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. At least 138 people were killed in multiple blasts targeting churches and hotels across Sri Lanka.
 (Photo by Chamila Karunarathne/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) © 2019 Anadolu Agency COLOMBO, SRI LANKA - APRIL 21: Security forces inspect the scene after a blast targeting Shangri La hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. At least 138 people were killed in multiple blasts targeting churches and hotels across Sri Lanka. (Photo by Chamila Karunarathne/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A British father and former Manhattan banker was forced to make an excruciating decision Sunday when a bomb exploded in the hotel he was staying in Sri Lanka.

Matthew Linsey, 60, told The Times of London he chose to carry his son, who appeared to have more serious injuries, and leave his daughter with other survivors, but neither teenager survived the Easter Sunday terrorist attack, which left at least 321 people killed and more than 500 wounded.

The father said he was having breakfast with his children — Amelie, 15, and Daniel, 19 — at the Shangri-La Hotel in the island nation’s capital, Colombo, when the coordinated bombings hit the building along with two other hotels, three churches and other sites.

Linsey told the Times both teens were unconscious during his failed rescue attempt. His son died at the hospital and he later learned the girl had also died.

“I yelled, ‘Please help my son, please help, please help,’" Linsey told the newspaper. "I thought my daughter was better off. I couldn’t find her because I was with my son. They sadly passed away.”

Linsey studied at Rutgers University in New Jersey and served as a vice president at Chase in the 1990s.

His children are among eight Britons killed in the attacks.

Linsey’s son attended Westminster Kingsway College.

“Everyone at Westminster Kingsway College was shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of one of our students, Daniel Linsey, in the Sri Lanka bombings on Sunday,” the school said Tuesday on Facebook post. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this terrible time…”

The nearly simultaneous bombings targeted tourists and churchgoers on a sacred day for Christians, Easter Sunday. Most of the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers, who authorities believe were connected to a domestic militant group as well as international terrorist organizations.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, but provided no evidence.

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