Sri Lanka Blasts: New Explosion in Van Near Colombo Church While Officials Were Trying to Defuse Bomb
An explosion went off in a van near a church in Colombo, Sri Lanka when bomb squad officials were trying to defuse it. (Photo Credits: ANI)

Colombo, April 22: A new explosion was reported on Monday near a church in Colombo, triggering panic. Video footage from St. Anthony's Church, shared by Guardian journalist Michael Safi, showed people running from the area in panic. According to the BBC, the blast happened while "security forces personnel ... tried to defuse a newly discovered explosives in a vehicle". Sri Lanka Police Find 87 Bomb Detonators at Bus Station in Colombo.

Journalist Safi said there had been a "small explosion". The shrine was one of the places targeted by the bomb attacks which killed at least 290 people and injured over 500 on Easter Sunday.