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Sri Lanka attacks: New explosion rocks Colombo church targeted in massacre

Mirror logo Mirror 22-04-2019 Talia Shadwell
a group of people walking in front of a building: An ambulance is seen outside the church premises with gathered security personnel following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. - At least 42 people were killed April 21 in a string of blasts at hotels and churches as worshippers attended Easter services, a police official told AFP. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images © AFP/Getty Images An ambulance is seen outside the church premises with gathered security personnel following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. - At least 42 people were killed April 21 in a string of blasts at hotels and churches as worshippers attended Easter services, a police official told AFP. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

Another explosion has been heard near a church in Sri Lanka targeted by the deadly Easter massacre.

There are reports of a new explosion in a van near the Colombo church, where bomb squad officials were working to defuse a bomb.

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It comes as Sri Lankan police also today discovered 87 bomb detonators at the main bus station in the country's capital of Colombo.

Footage of the scene circulating online show a fiery blast sending debris rocketing down a street.

In footage from streets nearby, people can be seen fleeing in panic from the area around St Anthony's Church.

a group of people in a room: The interior of St. Sebastian's Church, which was hit in yesterday's Easter massacre © AFP/Getty Images The interior of St. Sebastian's Church, which was hit in yesterday's Easter massacre

It comes the day after the Easter bomb blasts tore through churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, killing at least 290 people, and wounding about 500 more.

Warnings had been circulated that there could be more bombs after the major attacks yesterday. 

There have been 24 people arrested so far. Police said the suspects detained following a raid are all Sri Lankan.

The Sri Lankan Government has blamed local Jihadi group National Thowheed Jamath for the terror attacks.

The explosion went off in a van near St Anthony's shrine where scores were killed the previous day.  

The blast was heard when bomb squad officials were trying to defuse it, a witness told Reuters.

"The van exploded when the bomb defusing unit of the STF (Special Task Force) and air force tried to diffuse the bomb," the witness said.

Security force officials were not immediately available for comment.

See: Scenes from the Sri Lanka Easter Sunday explosions

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