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Explosion in Dehiwala zoo, 6 wounded

[TamilNet, Sunday, 03 February 2008, 05:15 GMT]
Unknown attackers detonated a bomb inside the Dehiwala zoo in Colombo Sunday around 10:30 a.m., according to Sri Lanka Army sources. Six persons, including a pregnant mother, sustained minor injuries and were taken to Kalubowila hospital. The blast in Dehiwala zoo, one of the major attractions in Colombo, comes in the wake of a number of blasts and killings in Sri Lanka's most popular wildlife sanctuaries.

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The explosion site in Dehiwala zoo


The zoo has been closed down until further notice.

The recent attacks have caused the Sri Lankan defense authorities to deploy armed forces to protect jungles and remote hamlets adjoining the sanctuaries.

Foreign tourist visits to Sri Lanka have declined by 20 per cent in 2007. Tourism is Sri Lanka's fourth largest source of foreign exchange, next to remittances from diaspora and overseas workers.

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Sri Lanka Police personnel at the explosion site


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