Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Blast in Sri Lanka capital, no one hurt

COLOMBO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A bomb exploded in a phone booth in a block of flats in the business area of the Sri Lankan capital on Tuesday evening, but there were no immediate reports of any casualties, the government said.

The blast came hours after suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed a government minister with a roadside bomb between Colombo and the island's international airport.

"It was an explosive. They have put a bomb inside a telephone booth in a block in Regent's flats," said Lakshman Hulugalle, director general of the Media Centre for National Security, referring to a building on a roundabout near the Lake House, government newspapers company.

"So far there are no casualties or any damages," Hulugalle added. "Definitely it is the work of the Tamil Tigers."

(Edited by Mawbima Team)