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Last updated: 28 November, 2007 - Published 13:03 GMT
 
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Scores killed in Nugegoda blast
 
Scene at the blast (photo: P Karunakaran)
Govt. accuse the Tamil Tigers of carrying out the bomb attacks
At least 17 people were killed after a huge bomb blast in Nugegoda Bo Tree junction, defence authorities said.

Defence affairs spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, told BBC Sandeshaya that the government suspect Tamil Tigers.

Military spokesman, Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told BBC Sinhala.com that 20 people were admitted to the hospital.

Schools closed

A fire fighter who did not want to identify himself told BBC's Elmo Fernando that a parcel left in front of No Limit retail shop in Nugegoda exploded as they tried to open it.

Scene at the blast (Defence Ministry photo)
Eye witnesses say a parcel bomb has exploded in front of the store

Ministry of education has ordered all private and government schools to be closed on Thursday and Friday as a security measure.

Recent rebel attacks on civilian targets of this scale have been rare, but bombings causing mass casualties in the south have been a feature of Sri Lanka's conflict in the past.

The second explosion in the capital, Colombo, happened hours after a suicide bomber struck the centre of the city.

The suicide bomber has targetted Social Affairs minister Douglas Devananda, authorities said.

 
 
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