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FEBRUARY 3, 2008 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lanka marks independence day amid bombs and bloodshed
AFP, Feb 3, 2008, 23:15 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka marks its independence day Monday with high security amid fears that Tamil Tiger rebels may repeat their trademark suicide bombings to mar festivities after weekend attacks left at least 32 dead.

Early on Monday, a bomb destroyed a power transformer outside Sri lanka's tightly-guarded capital, police said.

There were no casualties from the blast at the electricity transformer on the outskirts of Colombo, a police official said by telephone.

He said another bomb was found and defused in the same area.

A caller identifying himself as a member of a Tamil Tiger front group rang international news agencies Monday warning of more attacks, but there was no way to verify the authenticity of the calls.

Police said thousands of commandos, constables and paramilitary units will be reinforced by even more soldiers deployed to guard Colombo's seafront Galle Face promenade where the 60th anniversary celebrations are scheduled.

The navy stepped up patrols along the stretch of the Indian Ocean More...
Published: Sun Feb 3 23:14:37 EST 2008

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