87 bomb detonators found in Colombo bus stand

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 22, 2019 16:27 hrs
Sri Lanka terror attack

Colobmo: Sri Lanka police find 87 bomb detonators at Colombo's main bus stand, a government spokesperson has said.

The country will enforce a state of emergency from midnight Monday in the wake of the deadly Easter blasts that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500 others, enhancing the counter terrorism powers of of the security forces.

The decision was made during a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena. The NSC has announced plans to impose a "conditional state of emergency" from midnight, said a statement from the president's media unit.

The Indian Coast Guard has been put on high alert along the maritime boundary with Sri Lanka and has taken preventive measures following the eight coordinated bomb blasts that rocked Sri Lanka during Easter celebrations on Sunday.

Maritime surveillance aircraft Dornier and ships have been deployed on the maritime border to prevent any attempts of escape by the group which carried out suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, Coast Guard sources said.

The coast guards are taking extra precaution to avoid a repeat of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks when the terrorists used the sea route to enter India.

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