A railway employee suffered minor injuries after a small explosive device went off inside a compartment of a train at the Chilaw Railway Station this evening.

Police said the incident had occurred at around 7.10pm inside the second compartment on board a Colombo-Chilaw train that had arrived at the Chilaw station. No passengers were inside the train at the time of the incident.

A railway worker who was engaged in cleaning the compartment had found a parcel wrapped inside a grocery bag and left under a seat. The device had exploded when the worker tried to move the parcel, injuring him.

The injured worker was admitted to the Chilaw hospital. Investigations are ongoing.