A container which was parked at the Karadiyanaru Police station had accidentally exploded killing at least about 60 persons.
Police Media Spokesman SP Preshantha Jayakody said that two containers with explosives had accidentally exploded while it was being shifted. The explosives were to be used to blast rocks. The blast triggered a series of blasts in the container. The Batticaloa Hospital said that several people who were injured in the blast have been admitted to the Hospital.
Reports said that the container that exploded belonged to a Chinese Construction Company and the explosives were used for highway construction. He said that the nearby Police station suffered extensive damages. A special CID team along with the Government Analyst had left for Batticaloa. The Police Chief will also be visiting the location. The Police Media Spokesman emphasised that there was no sabotage in this incident.