Police investigating explosion in Sri Lankan town of Pugoda

Sri Lanka police
Police investigators work at the site of a blast behind the magistrates court in the town of Pugoda, 40 km (25 miles) east of the capital Colombo, Sri Lanka

An explosion occurred in a town east of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, on Thursday but there were no casualties, a police spokesman said.

Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said police were investigating the blast on empty land behind the magistrate’s court in Pugoda, 40 km (25 miles).

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

The blast 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.

Sri Lankan police arrested three people, and seized 21 locally made grenades and six swords, during a raid in Colombo, a police spokesman said on Thursday.

He did not give further details or suggest that the raid was linked to the rash of suicide bomber attacks.

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