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03/05/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sri Lanka Children's Ward Shelled, 9 Killed

Five artillery shells hit the children's ward of a Sri Lankan hospital, killing at least nine and injuring 20, according to aid agencies, as the army and rebels continue to bombard each other's positions in the north of the island.

The first shell hit the hospital at Puthukkudiyiruppu, known locally as PTK, late last night killing two and injuring five, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. The United Nations said the attacks had continued and its 15 staff and 81 family members had taken refuge in bunkers.

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