Sri Lanka minister in hospital after roadside blast

A Sri Lankan government minister was admitted to a hospital emergency unit on Tuesday after his car was targeted by a roadside bomb north of the capital, a hospital official said.

The Sri Lankan military said the minister's condition was not serious.

Nation Building Minister D.M. Dassanayake's car was targeted by a blast which bears the hallmark of Tamil Tiger rebel attacks, in the town of Ja-Ela, 12 miles (19 km) north of Colombo.

"He is in the emergency unit," a hospital official said, asking not to be named. The military said the minister and four other people were admitted to hospital, but none of them were seriously injured. (Reuters)


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