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17 injured in train track blast in Sri Lanka

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  • Seventeen commuters injured form blast that hit crowded passenger train
  • Bomb placed on the rail track missed engine and partially hit the first compartment
  • Train was bringing workers to the capital of Sri Lanka
  • Police looking for a Tamil Tiger rebel they say left a bag with a remote-control device
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From journalist Iqbal Athas
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- Seventeen commuters were injured Wednesday when Tamil Tiger rebels tried to blow up a crowded passenger train bringing workers to the capital of Sri Lanka, police said.

A bomb placed on the rail track in the southern suburb of Dehiwala missed the engine and partially hit the first compartment.

"A delayed explosion would have caused severe damage," a police official said.

The train was headed from the southern town of Panadura, about 17 miles (27 km) away.

Police were looking for a Tamil Tiger rebel who they say left behind a bag with a remote-control device. Eyewitnesses told police he ran from the area when the explosion occurred.

A blast on the same track killed nine commuters on May 26.

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