Blasts heard in Sri Lanka rebel territory after suicide attack

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe (2nd R) arrives to visit the site of a bomb attack at St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - A string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing at least 156 people, including 35 foreigners. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Apr. 25 (AFP) – Loud explosions were heard in rebel-held parts of Sri Lanka Tuesday after the government accused Tamil Tiger guerrillas of a suicide bombing which critically wounded the army chief, residents and the military said. The blasts were reported from Sampur, an area of the troubled Trincomalee district, regional police chief Rohan Abeywardena said when contacted by telephone.

“We also can hear the explosions, but we don’t know what is going on in those areas,” Abeywardena said.

Trincomalee has been under a night curfew since a bomb blast at a market killed 17 people on April 12.

At least 10 people were killed and army chief Sarath Fonseka was among 30 others hurt after a woman pretending to be pregnant carried out the suicide attack at Colombo’s army headquarters earlier Tuesday. – Amal Jayasinghe