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Two dead in clash at Sri Lanka concert

Dec. 12, 2004 at 4:09 PM   |   Comments

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- At least two people were killed and 18 others injured after someone tossed a hand grenade during a concert in Sri Lanka.

The explosion tore up the front stands of the concert venue in Colombo as Indian Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan wrapped up his three-hour show, the BBC reported Sunday.

A woman and child were killed and the injured, all audience members, suffered shrapnel wounds.

Buddhist monks objected to the event being staged on the first anniversary of the death of a popular monk, Gangodawila Soma. Khan began his concert by observing a minute's silence in memory of the monk.

Followers of the monks and fans had clashed near the venue with police who used teargas, water cannons and rubber bullets to disperse them.

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