An explosion has killed at least 16 people in a suburb of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.
According to a defense official, a security guard became suspicious about a package outside a popular clothing store and when he tried to open it, it blew up.
At least 20 people were hurt.
Hours before, the top leader of the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels blamed the government for escalating the fighting in the island nation. A civil war there that's lasted for more than two decades has killed an estimated 70,000 people.