Two persons have been killed after a grenade went off during an armed robbery attempt at a private bank branch in Kekirawa this afternoon.

Four persons are also reported to have sustained injuries during the incident and have been admitted to the Kekirawa Hospital.

Reports say that a man armed with a hand grenade had attempted to rob the private bank, when a security guard who was on duty had tried to stop the robbery.

The hand grenade had exploded during the struggle, killing both the security guard and the suspected bank robber.