Sri Lanka declares a state of emergency just one day after explosions rocked the capital killing at least 250 people and wounding another 500 more.
The government imposed the emergency Monday after hotels and churches were bombed on Easter Sunday devastating the city.
According to the president’s office, the emergency law is set to go into effect Monday night and will allow law enforcement to question and detain suspects without court orders.
There was also an additional explosion which detonated on Monday near the site where hundreds were killed just one day before.
No injuries were reported in connection with the latest blast.
Horrific video of the bomb blast that occurred earlier today in Sri Lanka while the police was trying to defuse the bomb. One can only imagine what would have happened during similar 8 blasts yesterday across Sri Lanka. No casualties are being reported in the fresh blast today. pic.twitter.com/Qz8eg4xibb
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) April 22, 2019
Authorities say 87 bomb detonators were found within the capital, and they have since implemented an 8 p.m. curfew.
Local officials said they suspect seven individuals were involved in the string of explosions and some could have terror ties abroad.
Twenty-four people have been arrested in connection with the attacks thus far, though no one has claimed responsibility yet.
138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels. The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2019
The U.S. State Department has since warned Americans against traveling to the island nation.