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Bomb attack in SL capital ahead of vote

world Updated: Jan 22, 2010 11:23 IST

A key opposition activist in Sri Lanka was targeted at home by a bomb early Friday, police said, despite tighter security ahead of next week's presidential election.

The blast destroyed a car and severely damaged the home of Tiran Alles, a key ally of presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, police said, adding that he and his family had escaped unhurt.

"The attackers are believed to have come in a van and carried out the attack and fled," a police official at the scene said, adding that no arrests had been made in connection with the pre-dawn bombing.