Blast in Colombo, three feared injured(Lead)

June 1st, 2008 - 9:25 am ICT by admin  

Colombo, May 31 (Xinhua) An explosion jolted the Sri Lankan capital Saturday night and three people might have been injured, officials and the local media said. Officials from the Media Centre for National Security said the explosion was caused by a hand grenade in front of a supermarket in the capital’s major Galle road at about 8 p.m. (1430 GMT).

They said no casualty figure or suspect in the attack is available at the moment.

However, the local English newspaper Daily Mirror reported on its website that at least three people were injured in the explosion.

The government usually attributes such attacks to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The explosion came as the Ministry of Defence Saturday said that at least 26 LTTE rebels were killed and 23 wounded during the fighting in the northern battlefronts Friday.

The ministry said in a statement that four soldiers were also killed and 13 wounded Friday in the clashes.

Having taken over the control of the Eastern Province last July, Sri Lanka’s security forces are currently battling LTTE rebels in the north with the aim of crushing them before the end of 2008.

The LTTE has been fighting the troops since the mid-1980s to carve out a separate homeland for the Tamil minority in the north and east of the island. Since then, more than 70,000 people have been killed in conflicts.

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