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Suicide attack injures seven in Sri Lanka

Suicide attack  injures seven in Sri Lanka

A suicide bomb explosion shook a building near the port in the Sri Lankan capital early yesterday, killing the bomber and wounding seven people, the military said.
Bomb squad officials at the scene described how the blast had strewn body parts inside a house in the Modhara quarter of the city, near the harbor that sits north of Colombo's financial district.
Officials initially reported two people were killed.
The explosion occurred during a search and cordon operation by police aimed at flushing out Tamil Tiger rebels seeking to mount attacks in the capital.
"They were searching houses in that area and had gone into a house and wanted them to open a door. Then the suicide bomber came out and exploded himself," said military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara.
Hospital officials said the seven wounded included three policemen and four civilians, one of them in a serious condition.
The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who are seeking to carve out an independent state in north and east Sri Lanka, were not immediately available for comment.