I was to join Sharif and Francisco for dinner. We were planning on going outside, Sharif had suggested that there is a very nice Indian resturatnt in Colombo called Mango. I have rarely been to a nice resturant in Sri Lanka, none in Colombo. So, I was tempted enough to go eventhough I have not been eating much of dinner. My dinner at canteen has been mostly yoghurt and fruits.
As we got out to catch a vehicle, we learnt that a bomb blast in Ratmalana had closed the Galle road. There are conflicting reports as to the causalties. We heard atleast three people killed and more than 20 people injured. BBC is reporting five dead and 20 injured. TamilNet says eight killed and 27 injured.
Ratmalana is not far from here, it's about three or four kilometers. Only two days back another bomb went off in Welawatta near Colombo. It's rare that bombs go off in Colombo area this frequently. It is a sign that the war is coming to Colombo as well. As the government forces push towards North, LTTE seems to be targetting the heart of Sri Lankan goverment, first with the show of airpower and now the series of bombings.
As the country heads towards show of power, more people are likely to suffer as it has already happened in the North and East with more than 3,000 people dead and over 300,000 displaced.
May sanity prevail! Dinner some other time!