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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 January 2008, 13:19 GMT
In pictures: Sri Lanka bombing

Sri Lankan soldier passes Mr Dassanayake's destroyed vehicle

Sri Lankan government minister DM Dassanayake has been killed in a bomb attack. His car was peppered with shrapnel.

Sri Lankan soldiers stand guard outside an operating room where Mr Dassanayake underwent surgery

Soldiers kept guard while surgeons near Colombo battled to save the 51-year-old's life. Doctors said he suffered fatal head wounds.

Medical staff attend to one of the victims of Tuesday's blast

At least one other person was killed and 10 injured in the blast, which closed the main road linking Colombo to the international airport.

Medical staff rush one of the victims of Tuesday's blast for surgery

The attack is the latest in Sri Lanka's escalating spiral of violence - more than 100 people have died this month, officials say.

Police conduct a stop and search operation after the attack

Security forces have been on high alert since the government announced it was pulling out of a disintegrating ceasefire deal with Tamil Tiger rebels.

DM Dassanayake

Correspondents say it is not clear who killed Mr Dassanayake. He had alleged underworld links, but was also a key member of the government, they say.

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