Lankan air force defuses improvised bomb near Colombo airport

Multiple bombings claimed the lives of more than 200 lives in the island nation on Sunday. Photo for representative purpose only. PTI photo

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 (April 21) on a road leading towards the main terminal, which remains open with heavy security after deadly attacks on churches and hotels.

Air force spokesperson group captain Gihan Seneviratne said the IED was believed to be locally manufactured.