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Government: 60 feared killed in Sri Lanka blast

(AP) – 1 hour ago

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A government spokesman says 60 people are feared killed in an accidental blast of explosives meant for road construction in Sri Lanka's east. Two Chinese nationals are among those killed.


Military spokesman Maj. Gen. Ubaya Medawala says three containers carrying dynamite that were being stored at a police station for safety reasons exploded accidentally Friday in the eastern Batticaloa district.

He says the explosives were for road construction being carried out by a Chinese firm.

He says police personnel, civilians and two Chinese construction workers are among those killed in the blast.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An accidental blast triggered by industrial dynamite intended for use in road construction killed more than 20 people Friday in eastern Sri Lanka, including two Chinese nationals, a government spokesman said.

The blast took place in the Batticaloa district, a former conflict area where the government has initiated a major construction drive following the end of the war with the Tamil Tiger rebels last year, said Lakshman Hulugalla, a military spokesman.

The blast occurred outside the police station in Karadiyanaru, a small town in the east, where two containers containing dynamite were parked, officials said.

At least 20 people were killed, including two construction workers from China, and the station suffered significant damage, said police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody. He feared several police officers were among the dead.

The explosives were to be used in a road construction project being carried out by a Chinese firm, Hulugalla said.

Hulugalla ruled out any possibility of sabotage: "It is an accidental explosion."

The area was once controlled by the now defeated Tamil Tiger rebels, who carried out hundreds of bombings against government targets and civilians.

The government has launched reconstruction projects to build roads, reservoirs and other infrastructure in the region.

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in fact, Sri Lanka is much weathier country compared to India, I don't why india try to play master here.
 

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Only if you could understand the article.
Hulugalla ruled out any possibility of sabotage: "It is an accidental explosion."
Anyways a sad incident. RIP to all concerned.
 

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in fact, Sri Lanka is much weathier country compared to India, I don't why india try to play master here.
Please stick to the topic.

(And by the way, India has the 4th largest economy in the world by PPP).
 
Chinese source:

"Chinese diplomats rush to eastern Sri Lanka for 2 Chinese killed in blast

English.news.cn 2010-09-17 17:35:16 FeedbackPrintRSS
COLOMBO, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Embassy to Sri Lanka confirmed the death of two Chinese nationals in a blast and had despatched officials to investigate the accident in the eastern police station of Karadiyanaru, the embassy said on Friday.

A blast rocked the Karadiyanaru police station in the district of Batticaloa killing over 60 people including two Chinese nationals and injuring over 45 people, military officials said.

Two Chinese diplomats would carry out investigations, officials from the Chinese Embassy said.

"The Chinese company indulged in development work in the area had safe kept explosives at the police station. A container carrying the explosives exploded and triggered the explosion of the next two containers," Ubhaya Madawela, the military spokesman said.

The explosion took place at around 11:45 a.m. local time (0615 GMT).

Most of the dead are policemen, the police added."

RIP
 


COLOMBO, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dissanayake Jayaratne visited the explosion site of the eastern police station Friday in the company of the Chinese Ambassador Yang Xiuping, an embassy official said.
Jayaratne, who is also the acting defense minister in the absence of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa from the island, and Ambassador Yang traveled in the same helicopter heading for the eastern district of Batticaloa, about 300 km east of the capital Colombo, to carry out on site inspection of the blast at the Karadiyanaru police station.

The lady Ambassador Yang had earlier expressed her shock and concern over the blast in the Karadiyanaru police station which killed at least two Chinese nationals.

The Defense Ministry of Sri Lanka stated that 19 people including 10 policemen, two Chinese nationals and seven civilians have been confirmed dead in the incident.

Another 52 personnel were also injured in the blast.

Earlier, the Chinese embassy dispatched officials to investigate the blast in the eastern police station of Karadiyanaru, the embassy official said.

The military said the explosion occurred when two Chinese nationals had arrived to take some explosives from one of the three explosives laden containers which were kept at the Karadiyanaru Police Station for safety.

One container carrying the explosives exploded and triggered the explosion of the next two containers, the military said.

The explosion took place at around 11:45 a.m local time (0615 GMT).

The Ministry officials confirmed that the blast to be an industrial accident that has no relation to any criminal activity.
 

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