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Tiger rebels blamed for grenade deaths

By Journalist Iqbal Athas

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- Sri Lankan police believe Tamil Tiger rebels may be responsible for detonating a grenade in Sri Lanka's capital Tuesday, killing two people and wounding six others -- including a member of a Tamil political party, police said.

One of those killed was a child who was inside a van carrying S. Sivadasan, a senior adviser to the leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Party. The EPDP leader is also a member of Sri Lanka's parliament.

Police believe Sivadasan was the target of the attack. He was injured along with two others inside the van.

The other casualties were bystanders.

Police sealed off the Bambalapipiya neighborhood after Tuesday's blast and fire officials were on the scene.

The EPDP is a Tamil political group that opposes the Liberation of Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE), and is frequently a target of Tamil rebel attacks.

Two weeks ago, the EPDP leader's secretary was shot dead in Colombo by suspected Tamil rebels, according to local media reports.

When the struggle for Tamil separatism began about 30 years ago, the leaders of the EPDP worked with the Tamil Tiger group before forming as a political party and entering Sri Lanka's democratic mainstream.

While the EPDP supports more rights from Sri Lanka's Tamil minority, it does not advocate a separate homeland like the LTTE.

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