A blast in a suburb of Sri Lanka's capital killed at least 16 outside a popular restaurant during rush hour today, while earlier a female suicide bomber killed a bystander when she blew herself up in the offices of a Cabinet minister. The military blamed both attacks on the rebel Tamil Tigers, the AP reports, saying they bear "all the hallmarks of the (Tigers). It is nobody else."
The Tigers' leader yesterday in a radio speech accused the government of having "shut fast the door to peace," while government forces dropped 12 bombs on the Tigers' radio station to try to prevent the broadcast. The separatists claimed that 10 people, 7 of them civilians, died in the air raid.