Small blast on railway track near Sri Lanka capital: police

September 10, 2008 (AFP) – A bomb exploded on a railway track just outside Sri Lanka’s capital on Wednesday, police said, adding that there were no casualties.

The blast created a small crater, but there was little damage, a police official at the scene said. There were no trains in the area at the time of the bombing.

“We can’t see any damage to the tracks, but railway authorities will carry out tests to make sure it is safe to operate trains,” a police spokesman said.

The explosion occured near the railway station at Mount Lavinia, a sea-side resort, police said.

The explosion came as police remained on alert for possible bomb attacks by Tamil Tiger rebels who are fighting government forces in the north of the island. Tiger rebels have been blamed for a string of bomb attacks against public transport in recent months.