The death toll in cowardly bomb blasts that took place in Sri Lanka’s hotels and churches during the occasion of Easter reached to 290 people and 500 others got injured. 13 men who were related to the blasts were arrested by the Sri Lankan police while five Indians were among the dead in the blast.
An improvised pipe bomb discovered close to Colombo’s main airport was successfully diffused by the Sri Lanka airforce, media quoted the police. A police source told media that a “homemade” pipe bomb had been found late Sunday on a road leading towards the main terminal, which remains open with heavy security after deadly attacks on churchs and hotels.
Airforce spokesperson Group Captain Gihan Seneviratne said the IED was believed to be locally manufactured. “It was a crude six-foot pipe bomb that was found by the roadside,” an air force spokesman said. “We have removed it and safely defused it at an air force location.”
There were disruptions to flights in Sri Lanka, but the country’s national carrier SriLankan has asked leaving passengers to report to check-in counters at least four hours prior to departure because of tight security checks at the Bandaranaike International airport.