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One day after a series of eight bomb blasts hit Sri Lanka on Sunday, there has been another explosion in Colombo, the capital of the country.
Even as the Sri Lankan government imposed an emergency in light of the attack, international media reports informed that a van had exploded near an unnamed Church. The reports added that the blast occurred when the bomb-defusing unit was trying to defuse an explosive in a van.
The development came minutes after the Sri Lankan police found 87 bomb detonators in Colombo's Central bus stand, as per reports. From midnight on Monday, Sri Lankan government has imposed a conditional state of emergency, while Tuesday would be observed as a national day of mourning. This decision was reportedly taken in a National security council meeting on Monday. Earlier in the day, Sri Lankan police had arrested 24 suspects in connection with the blasts.
The number of arrests on the incidents has now gone up to 24 and they have been transferred into the custody of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for further investigations, Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera was quoted as saying by the local TV.
Sri Lanka Air Force has said it found an improvised explosives device along a road leading to the departure terminal at the Colombo international airport Sunday night.
"It was a crude six-foot pipe bomb that was found by the roadside," an air force spokesman, adding "We have removed it and safely defused it at an air force location."
Paris-based Interpol which facilitates worldwide police cooperation said it is ready to offer its full support to the Sri Lankan authorities in investigating the country's deadliest terror attack, tweeting a message of support.
The bomb blasts on Sunday hit three churches- St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa, three hotels - the Shangri La, the Cinnamon Grand, and the Kingsbury and two other places - Dematagoda and Dehiwala on Sunday killing over 200 people and injuring several hundred more.