Chinese Ambassador arrives at eastern Sri Lanka blast site

22:52, September 17, 2010      

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Members of the police and military look over a destroyed police station near Batticaloa, 320 km (199 miles) east of Colombo, September 17, 2010. A blast rocked the Karadiyanaru police station in the eastern district of Batticaloa in Sri Lanka killing over 60 people including two Chinese nationals, military officials said. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Chinese Ambassador to Colombo Yang Xiuping had landed in the eastern district of Batticaloa in Sri Lanka on Friday heading to the site where 19 people, including two Chinese workers, were killed in an incidental blast, an embassy official said.

The embassy's spokesman Zhang Xuehai said that the ambassador arrived there with the Sri Lankan prime minister, Dissanayake Jayarate, by helicopter in Batticaloa to carry out an on-site inspection of the blast at a police station.

The lady Ambassador Yang Xiuping had earlier expressed her shock and concern over the blast in the Karadiyanaru police station and her condolence with the death of two Chinese people.

The Defence Ministry of Sri Lanka said that 19 people including 10 policemen, two Chinese nationals and seven civilians have been confirmed dead in the incident.

Another 52 personnel were also injured in the blast.

The Ministry officials confirmed that the blast was an industrial accident that has no relation to any criminal activity.

Earlier, military officials said that over 60 people were killed and more than 45 injured in the blast on Friday which rocked the Karadiyanaru police station, about 400 km away from the capital city of Colombo.

According to the military spokesman Ubhaya Madawela, a container carrying explosives exploded and triggered the explosion of the next two containers at around 11:45 a.m. local time (0615 GMT).

Karadiyanaru is a fishing village that was previously under control of the separatist Tamil Tiger group, which fought for more than three decades for a homeland for the Tamil ethnic group.

The civil war ended in May last year when the government troops crushed the rebels in military offensive.

Source: Xinhua


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