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Blast as police try to defuse new bomb found near Colombo church

  • Published at 09:26 pm April 22nd, 2019
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Sri Lankan police clear the area while Special Task Force Bomb Squad officers inspect the site of an exploded van near a church that was attacked yesterday in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 22, 2019 Reuters

The explosion happened around 50 metres from the St Anthony's Shrine

A blast hit near a church in Sri Lanka's capital on Monday as police tried to defuse a new bomb found by the site, a police spokesman said.

There was no immediate information on injuries in the blast, or how large it was. The explosion happened around 50 metres from the St Anthony's Shrine, one of three churches targeted in a string of suicide bombs on Sunday that killed nearly 300 people.

The death toll from Sunday's attacks rose dramatically Monday to 290 - including dozens of foreigners - in the worst atrocity since the country's civil war ended a decade ago.

More than 500 people were injured in the assault that saw suicide bombers hit three high-end hotels popular with foreign tourists, and three churches, unleashing carnage in Colombo and beyond.