File photo: Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church in Colombo. Photograph:( Reuters )
Blast heard in Pugoda town, 40 km east of Sri Lanka capital Colombo, says Police and local residents.
A blast was heard on Thursday from vacant land behind the magistrates' court in the town of Pugoda, 40 km (25 miles) east of the capital Colombo, police and local residents said.
Police said they were investigating the explosion, which came at a time of high tension in Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday suicide bomber attacks on the island state that killed 359 people and wounded about 500.