Sri Lanka's government says it will impose new security measures around the country in the wake of a deadly suicide bombing in the country's south.
Government officials gave no details of their new security plans, but the media ministry Wednesday warned people to stay alert even in areas far from the northern war zone where the military is battling the Tamil Tiger rebels blamed for the blast. T
he suicide bombing at a Muslim religious ceremony on the island's southern tip Tuesday killed at least 14 people and wounded many more, including a Cabinet minister.Doctors treating Post and Telecommunications Minister Mahinda Wijesekara say his condition has improved, and they have taken him off life support, but he remains in intensive care at a Colombo hospital.
Meanwhile, the military says nearly 400 civilians escaped from the conflict zone Tuesday as the fighting continued.