SriLanka is still on high alert after an improvised pipe bomb discovered close to Colombo’s main airport was successfully defused by the Sri Lanka airforce, police said.
A “homemade” pipe bomb had been found late Sunday on a road leading towards the main terminal, which remains open with heavy security after Easter Sunday’s deadly bomb attacks.
“It was a homemade bomb, with explosives put into a pipe,” said the police source.
Airforce spokesperson Group Captain Gihan Seneviratne said the IED was believed to be locally manufactured.
On Sunday eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services, killing at least 290 people, including 28 British citizens.
The string of assaults rocked the capital of Colombo and Batticaloa in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province.
The wounded from the blast are being treated at multiple hospitals around Sri Lanks and an estimated 60 casualties, out of the 500 injured are in critical condition.
35 foreigners were among the dead and hospital sources said foreign casualties include British, Dutch and American citizens. It is estimated that a further 50 foreign nationals are injured and being treated in hospital.
There were disruptions to flights, but Sri Lanka’s national carrier Sri Lankan has already 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.
Officials say 24 people have been arrested in connection with the attacks.