A “homemade” pipe bomb — measuring six feet in length — was found late Sunday near Sri Lanka’s main airport hours after the deadly Easter attacks.
The improvised explosive device was successfully defused by local authorities, according to the Agence France Presse.
“It was a crude six-foot pipe bomb that was found by the roadside,” an air force spokesman said. “We have removed it and safely defused it at an air force location.”
The discovery — made near Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Mattala — caused flight delays and a temporary lockdown. It followed Sunday’s series of Easter attacks, which left more than 250 people dead and 500 wounded at three churches and four hotels in and around Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital.
At least eight bombs were used during the terror strikes, according to police officials.
Authorities believe the IED that was found near the Mattala airport was locally manufactured.
Twenty four suspects have been arrested in connection to the bombings. They were described as religious extremists working for the same terrorist group. Officials, however, have refused to offer more details about them — and there’s been no claim of responsibility for the attacks.
The suspects are all believed to be locals.