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Explosive device found near Sri Lankan airport following Easter Sunday bombings

The Air Force has detected an Improvised Explosive Device in the vicinity of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).

"A PVC pipe which was six feet in length containing explosives in it was discovered," Air Force Spokesman Gihan Seneviratne told Times Online.

Mr Seneviratne told the publication the explosive device was discovered by Air Force personnel on a mobile patrol and was disposed of by the Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit of the Air Force in a controlled area.

At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels in or near Sri Lanka's capital yesterday - on Easter Sunday. The attacks are the deadliest violence the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago.

There are 214 New Zealanders registered as being in Sri Lanka. 

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    At least 20 are dead from the six blasts, authorities have said. Source: 1 NEWS

    Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. More than two hundred people were killed and hundreds more injured in eight blasts that rocked churches and hotels in and just outside Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
    Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Source: Associated Press


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