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TAMIL BOMB DEATH TOLL MAY NEVER BE KNOWN

The known death toll rose to 30 Saturday in a car bomb explosion triggered by suspected Tamil separatists outside a Defense Ministry building, but security sources said the total number of dead is much higher and may never be known.

Armed police Saturday placed barricades around the site of Friday's suicide attack in a posh residential neighborhood of Colombo and sealed off the offices of the state-run Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corp. as a precaution.The blast took place less than 200 yards from the office of Prime Minister D.B. Wijetunga.