Death toll in Sri Lanka serial blasts rises to 290, another bomb defused in Colombo

A day after eight blasts killed at least 200 people in Sri Lanka, an improvised pipe bomb was discovered close to Colombo’s airport. The toll has now gone up to 290. Over 500 people are injured.

The bomb has been successfully defused by the Sri Lanka airforce.

A police source told AFP that a “homemade” pipe bomb was found late on Sunday on a road leading to the main terminal. “It was a homemade bomb, with explosives put into a pipe,” said the source.

“The death toll from attacks on churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka rose significantly to 290, and about 500 people were also wounded,” police said on Monday.

The death toll overnight had stood at 207. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera declined to give a breakdown of those killed and wounded at each of the three churches and four hotels hit on Sunday, attacks that marked the most significant violence since a bloody civil war ended 10 years ago.

On Sunday morning,