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Three persons including a small child died after they jumped in front of a train at Bambalapitiya last night.

Police said a man and a woman had jumped in front of the train along the stretch between Bambalapitiya and Colombo Fort. They also had a child with them when they jumped. All three were killed instantly.

The deceased have been identified as a 38-year-old male, a 33-year-old female and a one-year-old boy, all residents of Moratuwa. According to police, the female is the mother of the child.

Police say an illicit love affair had led to the act.

The bodies are currently lying at the Colombo National Hospital pending a post-mortem inquiry scheduled for today. Bambalapitiya police are investigating.