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11 Killed in Assault on Buddhist Shrine

January 26, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

Three suicide bombers crashed a truck through the gates of the nation's holiest Buddhist temple and blew themselves up, killing eight other people, wounding 23 and sparking ethnic rioting. The majority-Buddhist country was stunned as word spread of the attack on the Temple of the Tooth, where a tooth that the faithful believe belonged to Buddha is kept. The government reassured a riled public that the tooth had not been harmed. No one claimed responsibility for the bombing in Kandy, about 60 miles northeast of Colombo, the capital, but separatist Tamil rebels were blamed.

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