An explosion went off on Monday (April 22) in a van near a church in Sri Lanka where scores were killed the previous day, when bomb squad officials were trying to defuse it, a Reuters witness said. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Explosion goes off as Sri Lankan police try to defuse bomb near Colombo church

A van parked near a Sri Lankan church that was targeted on Easter Sunday exploded on Monday after a police bomb squad inspected the vehicle. No injuries have been reported. Reuters footage captured the moment of the explosion as seen from a balcony near St. Anthony’s Church in the capital, Colombo.


There was no immediate information on injuries in the blast, or how large it was.
Police went to inspect the van Monday after people reported it had been parked near St. Anthony’s Shrine since Sunday. They discovered three bombs that they tried to defuse. Instead, the bombs detonated, sending pedestrians fleeing in panic.

The explosion happened around 50 metres from Colombo’s St Anthony’s Shrine, one of three churches that had already been targeted in a string of suicide bombs on Sunday that killed nearly 300 people.

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