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22 Apr, 2019 10:17

Sri Lankan police find 87 bomb detonators at Colombo’s main bus station – spokesperson

Sri Lankan police find 87 bomb detonators at Colombo’s main bus station – spokesperson

Sri Lankan police found 87 bomb detonators at the bus station in the nation’s largest city, following horrific bombings which killed 290 people on Easter Sunday.

The detonators were discovered on Monday at a private bus stand located in the Pettah neighborhood of Colombo, police said. The officers initially found just a dozen devices, but later retrieved 75 more while clearing the garbage heap.

Police launched an investigation into the incident. It is unclear whether the devices had anything to do with the multiple coordinated bombings which took place on Easter Sunday.

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Suicide bombers set off explosives in several hotels and Catholic churches across the country, killing 290 and injuring hundreds more. An apartment complex was also hit. Another bomb was later discovered near Colombo International Airport and successfully defused.

A total of 24 people were arrested in connection with the attacks, but no group has claimed responsibility so far. Some government officials said that the perpetrators were local Islamist extremists aided by international groups.

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