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In pictures: Sri Lanka suicide bombing

Aftermath of the bomb blast

Sri Lanka's latest suicide bombing happened as members of the opposition United National Party opened a new office. The bomber hugged retired Maj Gen Janaka Perera before detonating his device.

Sri Lankan blast victims receive treatment at a hospital in Anuradhapura

The dead and injured were rushed to hospitals which struggled to cope. The army has blamed the attack on Tamil Tiger rebels. It says that at least 80 people were wounded in addition to the 27 who died.

Sri Lankan soldier at the scene of the blast in Anuradhapura

The attack comes as the army says that it is on the verge of capturing the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi, a strategic and symbolic prize in an intensifying war which it says it is now beginning to win.

Hospital staff in Anuradhapura

Medical staff in Sri Lanka have had to deal with Tamil Tiger suicide blasts for much of the last 20 years. Those who have died include prime ministers, presidents, senior servicemen and civilians.

Victim of the Anuradhapura blast

More than 70,000 people have been killed as rebels fight for an independent homeland in the north and east. They say that Tamil people are discriminated against by the Sinhalese majority.

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