Sri Lanka Church Bomb Blast Today LIVE News Updates: Sri Lankan authorities on Monday defused an improvised pipe bomb near Colombo airport, a day after a series of explosions ripped through hotels and churches and killed over 200 people across the country. Social media services, on the other hand, were blocked to curtail the spread of false information and ease tensions until the probe into the blasts is concluded.
The Indian Express has learnt from two sources, one Indian and another Sri Lankan, that earlier this month, India had passed on specific intelligence to Sri Lankan authorities that a terrorist attack was imminent there. It appears that it was on the basis of this alert that the police chief had sent out his April 11 nationwide alert warning of attacks on the Indian High Commission and churches. The alert had named a group called the National Towheeth Jamaath, which preaches a puritanical form of Islam.
At least eight explosions were reported, including at least three in churches and three in hotels frequented by tourists. Condemning the attack, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held an emergency meeting and deployed at least 200 troops to carry out relief operations. Thirteen suspects have been arrested so far as police continue to investigate the explosions. The motive of the attack remains unclear.