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Sri Lanka bombing kills 10, wounds cabinet minister

Sri Lanka bombing kills 10, wounds cabinet minister

A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber killed at least 10 people and wounded 35, including Sri Lanka's telecommunications minister, during a Muslim festival in the Indian Ocean island's south yesterday, officials said.
The blast happened in front of a mosque in Godapitiya in Matara district, about 160km south of the capital, Colombo, during a festival to celebrate the birthday of the prophet Mohammed.
"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," Oil Resources Minister A.H.M. Fowzie said. Wijesekara is minister for post and telecommunications and was being treated in the intensive care unit.
"Around 35 injured had been admitted to hospital and among them four are seriously injured. The minister is in the ICU and we are making arrangements to airlift him to Colombo," Matara hospital's director, Dr. Aruna Jayasekara, said.
A defense spokesman, Lakshman Hullugalle, said 10 people were killed and he blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
"It is a suicide blast so it must be the LTTE," he said.
The Sri Lankan military has cornered the Tigers in about 45km2 of the northeastern coast and is confident of defeating them as a conventional force in a short period. But the Tigers have always had the capacity to strike far from the war zone using unconventional tactics, and analysts say they expect that to continue in the near future.
The air force said it had dispatched a helicopter with a medical team to the site of the latest blast to treat the critically wounded and bring them back to Colombo if necessary.


Updated : 2021-05-10 15:11 GMT+08:00