Five die in Sri Lanka grenade attack

Five people fought for their lives in Sri Lanka on Sunday a day after a grenade attack killed two concertgoers and wounded 17 at a controversial show featuring top Indian film stars in the Sri Lankan capital, police said.

Five people fought for their lives in Sri Lanka on Sunday a day after a grenade attack killed two concertgoers and wounded 17 at a controversial show featuring top Indian film stars in the Sri Lankan capital, police said.

The group of India’s Bollywood movie idols, led by star Shahrukh Khan, were about 10 minutes from the end of the packed stadium concert when an explosion ripped through seating close to the stage.

Although none of the artists were hurt, they were shocked by the attack and left Sri Lanka less than three hours after the blast, an organiser said on condition of anonymity.

The attack came just hours after police used tear gas to break up a protest by Buddhists who tried to prevent the concert – held a day before the anniversary of the death of a leading Buddhist cleric.

Demonstrators said they wanted only religious activities over the weekend.

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