Sri Lanka blast update: Curfew ordered; Interpol offers assistance
Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities have ordered a curfew in Colombo from 8 pm to 4 am, said the government information department, reported news agency Reuters. The order came after the island country faced its deadliest terror attack that killed 290 people in a series of eight blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in the country.
Additionally, the Interpol on Monday said it is ready to offer full support to the Sri Lankan authorities. Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock in a Twitter message said, “Interpol strongly condemns the horrific attacks and has offered its full support to the investigation being carried out by national authorities.” Paris-based Interpol is an organisation which facilitates worldwide police cooperation.
Sri Lankan authorities on Monday arrested 11 more people, all reportedly members of a Muslim radical group, taking the total number of arrests to 24 as police stepped up the investigation into the multiple blasts.
Meanwhile, an improvised pipe bomb discovered close to Colombo’s main airport was successfully defused by the Sri Lanka air force, police said.
A police source told AFP that a “homemade” pipe bomb had been found late Sunday on a road leading towards the main terminal, which remains open with heavy security after Easter Sunday’s deadly bomb attacks.
“It was a homemade bomb, with explosives put into a pipe,” said the source.