I hear there’s been a bomb in Kollupitiya, near Liberty Plaza. I am nowhere near so no photos or news or what it is.
What’s above is the only photo of Liberty Plaza, that being the inexplicable marijuana lighting they put up round Christmas time. Deshan has sent me photos now, uploading them. I dunno what target is there, there’s a mosque and a bunch of street people hanging their laundry on the street. Or there was, back before the barricades when the 177 used to wrap around there. Liberty Plaza is a very civilian mall and there’s a movie theatre there. Maybe they didn’t approve of Krrish. I really have no idea, but I’ve heard from a couple places that’s there’s black smoke rising from the area. I guess comment if you have any info and and mail me any photos if you have.
Update:: Now I’ve heard that it was an army jeep or something near the junction. FYI, that junction is pretty seminal. It leads to Galle Road on one end, Duplication Road on the other and then whatever that other road is that I’m on all the time. There’s a lot of traffic, especially at this time, and I hope too many people weren’t hurt.
Up2date: Deshan poked his head out the window and got these shots. I’ve marked on the map the angle that the photos were taken from and where I think the bomb was. Note that I’m totally not sure. Liberty Plaza is the mall on the right, where the Dialog GSM sign is. To the left you can see Liberty Cinema, and that washed out gray building in the foreground corresponds to the red blotch below the arrowhead on the map. Map from hot-maps.de.
For a personal note, the place I do most of my banking is directly to the left of that ICICI sign and I’m having dinner at a house about 25 yards north of the bomb site, er, tonight. There’s also a school nearby, a lot of offices, shops and normal normal people. The 177 bus takes that road (I think, usually get off before). There are a lot of civilians around there and it’s a shitty place for the LTTE (or whoever) to target. This is the second time they’ve targeted residential/commercial/normal areas in as many weeks.