Sri Lanka attacks: 87 bomb detonators found at Colombo bus stand as terror threat remains

The discovering comes as the country’s president is set to implement a national emergency at midnight on Monday.

This will give police and the military more powers to detain and interrogate people without court orders.

Officials are carrying out searches across the island to find thos behind the attacks. 

President Maithripala Sirisena is seeking assistance from foreign powers to trace international links to the seven blasts which killed 290 and injured more than 500 people.

The 87  “low-explosive detonators” were found at the main bus station  – Bastian Mawatha Private station – in Pettah, a neighbourhood in the east of the centre of Colombo, a government spokesman said.

No group has claimed responsibilty for the attack but a local extreme Muslims are believed to have been behind them. 

Health minister Rajitha Senaratne said he belived the Islamist group National Towheed Jamath (NTJ) was responsible. 

This is a breaking news story and is being updated. 

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