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Last updated: 03 January, 2009 - Published 11:52 GMT
 
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Bomb blast in Pettah
 
SSP Ranjith Gunasekara
Police accuse the LTTE of carrying out the attack
Three people had been injured in a bomb explosion in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, officials said.

Police spokesman, Senior Superintendant of Police (SSP) Ranjith Gunasekara told BBC Sandeshaya that police suspect the Tamil Tigers for the attack.

He said the blast took place in Bankshall Street, Pettah, a busy commercial area.

“Five vehicles and nine buildings were damaged in the blast,” he said.

LTTE 'desperate'

SSP Gunasekara added that the police found a small under a jeep that was parked nearby.

He described it as an “isolated incident” by the LTTE who are “desperate” after Sri Lanka troops captured strategically important Kilinochchi town.

On Friday, a suicide bomber came on a motorcycle blew himself up outside Sri Lanka's air force headquarters, on a busy road in central Colombo.

It happened within an hour of a televised speech by President Mahinda Rajapakse announcing the capture of Kilinochchi and people were celebrating across the city.

 
 
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