Colombo blast kills one, injures four

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Colombo, Mar 10 - A time bomb in a flowerpot on the road near Roxy Theater in Wellawatta in Colombo killed one person and injured six others, including four children, on Monday morning.

"The army quickly closed the road. Cement and pieces of the flowerpot were scattered and the windows of the offices within 11 meters were shattered," local authorities said.

The ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka has so far claimed the lives of at least 70,000 people.

In the latest round of fighting, government forces destroyed eight rebel bunkers in the Mannar area early Monday. At least 10 rebel fighters and three soldiers were killed, said Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, Sri Lanka's military spokesman.

Nanayakkara said, "The blast was carried out by the LTTE."

ANI

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