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At least 17 injured in blast, according to military

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-04-20

At least 17 people were wounded in a suicide blast as an estimated 35,000 civilians fled rebel-held territory in Sri Lanka to areas controlled by the army, military sources said.

At least 17 people were wounded by a suicide blast that went off on Monday among thousands of civilians fleeing Sri Lanka's war zone into army-controlled areas, military sources said.

 

"There had been an explosion. It was a suicide explosion. There are about 17 reported injured," a military source told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Two other military sources confirmed the blast, while a military spokesman said he had no immediate details.

 

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Monday that an estimated 35,000 civilians have fled rebel areas.

 

Tamil Tiger rebels said April 14 that they are ready to conclude a truce with the government to end the fighting. 

 

 

Date created : 2009-04-20

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