Bomb scare puts off Sri Lanka MP’s

Ishara S. Kodikara | AFP | Getty Images Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, center, speaks to supporters at the prime minister's official residence in Colombo on December 16, 2018, after he was reappointed as prime minister by Sri Lanka's president, the same man who fired him from the job nearly two months ago.

Colombo, Feb 2 (PTI) Panic-stricken Sri Lankan legislators today agreed to put off their sittings by nearly two weeks following a bomb scare inside the assembly hall. Speaker W. J. M. Lokubandara said political party leaders agreed to put off the assembly till February 14.

The assembly opened today half an hour behind schedule after police bomb disposal units and sniffer dogs were brought into the inner chamber for the first time to look for explosives.

No bombs were found, but the drama held up the sittings which were eventually put off.

The previous bomb attack in parliament was in 1987 when an employee lobbed a grenade and killed a district minister and wounded several others at a committee room across the main assembly hall.