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A bomb goes off as Sri Lankan Muslim men celebrate a religious holiday in Akuressa. A suicide bomber attacked a gathering of Muslims, killing 10 and critically wounding a government minister.
The attack appeared to target six government ministers attending the community event, including the country's oil and telecommunications ministers. Unconfirmed reports put the toll higher with claims more than 15 had died.
The ministers injured in yesterday's explosion were part of a large crowd of Muslims celebrating Mawlid, the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, in Akuressa, a town on the southern tip of Sri Lanka.
Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Mahinda Wijesekara appeared to be the most seriously injured of the ministers and was last night being kept in hospital as doctors decided whether he could be transferred to a hospital in the capital Colombo.