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

A van parked near a Sri Lankan church has exploded in Colombo on Monday, as bomb squad officials were trying to defuse a new bomb found by the site, police said. 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.