Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mahinda Balasuriya today (18) said that while investigations are being conducted into the explosion in Karadiyanaru, normal functions of the Karadiyanaru Police division in the Eastern Province would be temporarily handled by the police station in Ayiththamale.
The Karadiyanaru Police building was completely destroyed and many police officers were killed and injured in the accidental explosion of two dynamite laden containers parked in the premises.
The containers belonged to a Chinese construction company engaged in infrastructure development work in the Eastern Province.
The explosion killed 19 persons including two Chinese nationals and injured over 45 persons.
Meanwhile, the Chinese government is probing the death of two of the two Chinese nationals.