The explosion took place near a church in Colombo, Sri Lanka that was targeted by Sunday’s deadly bombings, Reuters reported, citing a witness.

According to Reuters, citing an eyewitness, the explosion took place in a van while the Sri Lankan bomb squad were trying to defuse an explosive device found in a suspicious parcel shortly before that. People were reportedly evacuated from the area.

“The van exploded when the bomb defusing unit of the STF (Special Task Force) and air force tried to diffuse the bomb,” the witness said, as quoted by the news agency.

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