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Monday 22 Apr 2019 10.22 AM

Improvised bomb made safe near Colombo airport: police

bomb, Colombo airport

Colombo : An improvised pipe bomb discovered close to Colombo's main airport was successfully defused by the Sri Lanka airforce, police said. A police source told AFP 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 Easter Sunday's deadly bomb attacks. "It was a homemade bomb, with explosives put into a pipe," said the source.

Airforce spokesperson Group Captain Gihan Seneviratne said the IED was believed to be locally manufactured. The discovery comes after a series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services, killing at least 207 people, including dozens of foreigners.

"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, 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.

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Monday 22 Apr 2019 10.22 AM
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