The Karadiyanaru blast, which claimed the lives of 21 people, was clearly accidental and not an act of sabotage, Police Chief Mahinda Balasuriya said. In a statement, the IGP said that 21 had been reported dead including 12 Police personnel, two Chinese nationals and seven civilians.
Another 23 Police personnel and 21 civilians injured in the blast are seeking treatment at hospitals. Four Police personnel including a female officer had been airlifted to Colombo for advanced treatment, he added.
Hospital sources yesterday said that at least five of the injured were in a very serious condition.