A combined Police–Army search operation is now on around Rathmalana, a suburb south of Colombo, where an evening claymore blast killed six people and injured more than twenty people today. Rathmalana lies south of Colombo on the Colombo-Galle highway and hosts the vital Rathmalana Military Airbase. The injured included ten STF personnel. All killed are civilians. The claymore blast has taken place at 5:40 pm, just 30 metres away from the Belekkade Junction, Rathmalana, targeting an STF truck. Six vehicles were badly damaged by the blast. Of them four number plates were identified- HM 9910, JM 6472, 251-014, and HT 1524.