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10 dead, ministers injured in Sri Lanka suicide blast

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, March 10, IRNA -- At least 10 people were killed and 20 others injured when a suicide blast took place near a ceremony in southern Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

The rebel suicide attacker struck early this morning, during a national festival to celebrate the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), zeenews portal reported quoting Sri Lankan Military spokesman Brig Udaya Nanayakkara.

The blast happened near a mosque in Godapitiya in Matara district, about 160 km south of the capital Colombo.

Police spokesman Ranjith Gunasekara said the blast killed 10 people and wounded three government ministers, including Post and Telecommunications Minister Mahinda Wijesekera.

"Six ministers were there and terrorists used this opportunity to target us. Only one minister, Mahinda Wijesekara, got injured," Oil Resources Minister AHM Fowzie said from the scene.

"There had been a ceremony and at the end of the vehicle parade there was an explosion," a bomb squad official said.

The Tamil Tiger rebels have been blamed for repeated attacks on senior government officials in the past.


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