Pagoda in Sri Lanka bombed; investigations on

Government spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said the police were investigating the blast on empty land behind the magistrate's court in Pugoda

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Pugoda: Barely a week after a series of bombings rocked Sri Lanka, a fresh blast was heard from a vacant land behind the magistrate’s court in the town of Pugoda, 40 km east of the national capital of Colombo.

The explosion was triggered at a time of high tension in Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.

Government spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said the police were investigating the blast on empty land behind the magistrate’s court in Pugoda. “There was an explosion behind the court. We are investigating,” he said, adding it was not a controlled explosion like other blasts in recent days.

Location of Pugoda in Sri Lanka

The police, however, did not provide any other detail of the blast, the news of which comes four days after the serial Easter Sunday bombings that killed 359 people and injured hundreds of others in the bloodiest day in Sri Lanka since the end of the civil war a decade ago.

Sri Lankan government on Wednesday admitted that ‘major’ intelligence lapses led to the horrific Easter Sunday blasts. A series of eight blasts had rocked the capital of Sri Lanka on Sunday morning, destroying three churches and as many five-star hotels while the seventh and the eighth explosions happened at noon.

The Islamic State or ISIS claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the Easter Sunday bombings at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed more than 300 people. The group’s Amaq news agency made the claim.

Five Indians were among 50 people killed in the terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, which was carried out by 28-year-old Australia-born Brenton Tarrant during Friday prayers on 15 March.

Sri Lankan media claimed that the political tussle between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe caused a catastrophic security lapse, allowing a little-known radical Islamic group to carry out the country’s worst terror attack on Easter Sunday.