Sri Lanka: Explosion heard behind magistrates court 40 kilometers from Colombo in the town Pugoda

A blast was heard on Thursday from vacant land behind the magistrates court in the town of Pugoda, 40 km (25 miles) east of the capital Colombo, police and local residents said.

Police said they were investigating the explosion,  but there were no casualties.

“There was an explosion behind the court, we are investigating,” Ruwan Gunasekera said, adding it was not a controlled explosion like other blasts in recent days.

This blast comes at a time of high tension in Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday suicide bomber attacks on the island state that killed 359 people and wounded about 500.

Sri Lankan government on Wednesday admitted that ‘major’ intelligence lapses led to the horrific Easter Sunday blasts.

Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the terrorist blasts in Sri Lanka.

More updates to follow. 

 Source : Various