Sri Lanka rail blast injures 17

Sri Lanka's state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene (L) takes part in a press conference in Colombo on April 24, 2019. - A Sri Lankan security dragnet hunting those responsible for horrifying bombings that claimed more than 350 lives has scooped up a further 18 suspects, police said April 24, as pressure mounted on politicians to explain why no one acted on intelligence warnings. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

June 4, 2008 (LBO) – A blast ripped through a suburban rail track in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo in the early morning rush hour Wednesday, injuring at least 17, authorities and eyewitnesses said. Military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said the explosion had gone off on a rail track near Wasala Road in Dehiwela, south of Colombo.

The security media centre said at least 17 had been injured.

Engine driver K Jayawardene told LBO that he heard a loud explosion and brought the train to a stop.

There was minor damage to the second and third carriages and several people were injured, he said.

The track was also damaged and displaced.

Jayawardene said his train had left Panadura at 6.35 am and the blast had gone off on the track at around 7.15 am.

Police spokesman Ranjith Gunesekera said there was a search on for a man believed to have been involved in the bombing who had run away from the scene.