Grenade blast wounds 21 civilians in Sri Lanka

September 29th, 2008 - 11:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Sep 29 (IANS) At least 21 civilians were wounded in a grenade explosion in Sri Lanka’s eastern Batticaloa district Monday evening, defence sources said. Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said an unidentified person flung a hand grenade at a group of civilians at a bus stand in the predominantly Muslim village of Kattankudi.

“Of the 21 wounded, two are seriously injured,” Nanayakkara told IANS.

Batticaloa town is located some 300 km east of here.

The motive for the attack was not immediately known.

Kattankudi police is conducting an investigation into the blast.

The Sri Lankan military has secured the entire eastern province comprising Batticaloa, Amparai and Trincomalee districts from the Tamil Tiger rebels last year. Provincial polls were held earlier this year.

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