Van explodes in a fireball in Sri Lanka as police attempt to defuse bomb

This is the moment a white van exploded into flames today as Sri Lankan police searched the scene of the Easter Sunday terror attack. Police found three bombs inside the vehicle after locals reported it had been parked near St Anthony’s Shrine, one of the bombing targets, since Sunday.





They tried to defuse the weapons but they detonated instead and sent pedestrians fleeing in panic. No injuries were reported but the further blast on Monday has heightened fears of still-undiscovered explosives on the streets of Colombo. Police found 12 detonators scattered at Colombo’s main bus depot on Monday and hours later found another 75 detonators at a garbage dump in the same area.



Footage captured the moment that the van exploded into a fireball and sent debris scattering across the street. Special Task Force bomb squad officers had grown suspicious of the van after it reportedly had not moved since the attacks.



The shrine, as well as three five-star hotels which were attacked on Sunday, were popular with foreign visitors. Sri Lanka’s president has given the military sweeping war-time powers to arrest and detain suspects following the co-ordinated bombings.



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