Blast rocks Sri Lanka capital: police

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives with flowers to receive blessings at the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday 4 April 2018. On wednesday (4), Wickremesinghe survived a no-confidence motion in the Sri Lankan parliament with a 46 vote majority after a 12-hour debate with 122 MPs voted in his support while 76 MPs voting to remove the prime minister. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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.