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Many injured in Sri Lanka blast

[BBC, Friday, 2 October 2009 08:13 No Comment]

_46480976_lanka_226kurunegala An explosion in a van in central Sri Lanka has wounded 13 people, including many school children who were about to get on the vehicle, the military says.

A private dispute was suspected to be behind the blast, military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said.

The attack took place near the town of Kurunegala. The bomb was set up to explode when the engine was started.

It is the first major blast in the country since government troops defeated Tamil Tiger rebels in May.

The Tigers had been fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east of the country for more than 25 years.

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