Sri Lanka Trincomalee port town bombed

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)

Aug 26, 2008 (LBO) – At least two explosions ripped through the port town of Trincomalee in Eastern Sri Lanka, which is home to a strategically important naval base Tuesday night, residents and the military said. “There had been an explosion in Trincomalee town and we are checking on it,” military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said.

A resident reported hearing at least two explosions and anti-aircraft defenses being activated.

Tamil Tiger guerillas who are fighting for separate state are known to posses at least two aircraft which had earlier bombed the Sri Lanka capital Colombo.

Trincomalee has been without electricity supply for days, since a freak cyclone cut power supply to the town.