Sri Lanka Blast killed several people
Filed Under: Politics, World | Posted: 03/10/2009 at 12:31AM
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Police says that ,atleast 10 people have been killed in an explosion in southern Sri Lanka
A cabinet minister is injured in the blast near the town of Matara, 160km (100 miles) south of the capital, Colombo. Along with him more than 20 people have been injured.The Sri Lankan defence ministry said the explosion was a suicide attack by Tamil Tiger rebels.
At the time of the blast, Local residents said several government ministers were attending a function at the mosque.it was predicted that Muslims were targeted
"An LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] suicide bomber has attacked a mosque at Godapitiya, in Akurassa, in the Matara district," the defence ministry said on its website.
Sri Lanka’s oil minister HM Fowzie,, who was at the site, told Reuters news agency the bomber appeared to have targeted ministers as they walked in a procession toward the mosque.
Mr Fowzie,Sri Lanka’s oil minister said,
"Six ministers were there and terrorists used this opportunity to target us. Only one minister, Mahinda Wijesekara, got injured. Seven bodies have been found at the spot."
For a quarter of a century, the Tamil Tigers have been fighting for a separate homeland for the ethnic Tamil minority in the north and east of the country
In recent weeks, a major Sri Lankan army offensive has inflicted a series of defeats on the Tamil Tiger forces, pushing the rebels into a narrow area of jungle in the north of Sri Lanka.
But the sad news was nearly 70,000 people have died in the past 25 years..