Sri Lanka blast in Colombo suburb

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 03, 2008 (LBO) – An explosion ripped through a suburb of the Sri Lanka capital Colombo, residents and the military said, a day after a bus bombing killed 20 civillians in the central province of the island. Military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said they were investigating the blast in the suburb of Dehiwala to the south of the capital.

The bombing comes as the country prepares to celebrate 60 years of independence from British colonial rule on February 04 and the capital is under a tight security blanket.

Police have blamed the Tamil Tigers for earlier bombings which have targeted civilians.

Sri Lanka pulled out of a ceasefire with the Tamil Tigers, who have been fighting for a separate state in the island for nearly three decades in January.

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