British blamed for Tamil attack

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Buddhist groups yesterday blamed Britain for Sunday's Tamil Tiger bomb attack on Sri Lanka's holiest shrine, the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, in which 13 people died.

"We hold the British government responsible for the latest unfortunate incident," said Gallege Punyawardana, secretary of the Federation of Buddhist Organisations.

He added that Sri Lanka's minority Tamil community, originally from southern India, had "fought along with their English masters against the Sri Lankans. They are the originators of our problem".

- Reuters, Colombo