Blast rocks Sri Lanka capital: police

Feb 29, 2008 (AFP) – A powerful explosion ripped through a house in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo early Friday, police said, adding that at least seven people were wounded. “At least seven people were taken to hospital after the blast,” a police official at the scene said.

The blast came as the authorities had stepped up security in Colombo. Details were sketchy, but the blast went off as police tried to search a house in Colombo’s commercial area of Kotahena, a police spokesman said.