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No one claims responsibility for Colombo blast


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Download VeerZaara WallpapersNo one has claimed responsibility as yet for Saturday night's blast at the concert here of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan that killed two people and injured 12, reports Xinhua.

A male photographer of a local Sinhalese daily and a female employee of a hotel were killed in the grenade blast. Two children were among those injured, police said.

The Colombo crime division of the police is handling the investigation. No arrests have been made so far, they said.

The state radio, however, said the attack was politically motivated and
blamed it on the supporters of an unnamed opposition politician in the capital.

The explosion went off some 15 minutes before the show was scheduled to close at 11:30 p.m. local time Saturday.

The concert, dubbed to be the biggest musical event of the year, was being held at the Race Course ground in the Cinnamon Gardens residential area of the city.

Protestors had earlier in the week urged Indian High Commissioner Nirupama Rao to intervene to stop the Temptation-2004 concert.

Buddhist revivalist groups distributed leaflets asking fans to boycott the show as it coincided with the first death anniversary of a popular monk Gangodawila Soma.

The police had Saturday evening fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse a group of rioters who were protesting the staging of the concert.

Several people, including Buddhist monks, were injured as the rioters clashed with police.


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