03/07/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cluster Bomb Kills 52 At Sri Lankan Hospital

At least 52 civilians were killed in shelling in Sri Lanka's embattled northern Wanni region, where a hospital came under attack for the fourth straight day today -- this time by a cluster bomb, forcing authorities to evacuate patients from one of the last functioning medical facilities in the war zone.

"We have a confirmed report that 52 civilians have been killed in a shell attack at Suranthapuram (in Wanni region) last evening," UN Spokesman Gordon Weiss said, adding it was not known who was responsible for the attack.

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