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|Blast hits in Sri Lankan capital |
(10 minutes later)
There has been a loud explosion in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, reports a BBC correspondent in the city.
One report says President Mahinda Rajapakse's brother, Gothabaya Rajapakse, who is also the defence secretary, has been hurt in the blast.
Mr Rajapakse has been taken to the hospital, the report says.
Military spokesman Brig Prasad Samarasinghe told the Associated Press that a suicide bomber had triggered off the blast near a convoy of vehicles.