Sri Lanka has banned drones and unmanned aircraft as authorities continue controlled detonations of suspicious items four days after a series of suicide bombing attacks killed more than 350 people in and around the capital of Colombo.

Sri Lanka’s civil aviation authority said Thursday that it was taking the measure “in view of the existing security situation in the country.”

Hobby drones have been used by militants in the past to carry explosives.

Buddhist monks pray during a ceremony to invoke blessings on the dead and wounded from Sunday's bombings at the Kelaniya temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Buddhist monks pray during a ceremony to invoke blessings on the dead and wounded from Sunday’s bombings at the Kelaniya temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Iraqi forces learned that they are difficult to shoot down while driving out the Islamic State group from northern Iraq, where the extremists loaded drones with grenades or simple explosives to target their forces.

Also Thursday Sri Lankan authorities detonated a suspicious item in a garbage dump in Pugoda, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) east of Colombo.

A burial worker uses a rock to install a wooden cross in to a newly raised mount covering a body during a mass burials for Easter Sunday bombings victims in Negombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
A burial worker uses a rock to install a wooden cross in to a newly raised mount covering a body during a mass burials for Easter Sunday bombings victims in Negombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

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