April 25, 2019 / 4:26 AM / a month ago

Blast heard in town east of Sri Lankan capital, police say investigating

COLOMBO, April 25 (Reuters) - 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, which came 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. (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal Writing by John Chalmers; Editing by Michael Perry)

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