Dalai Lama: China makes life ‘hell on Earth’ for Tibetans

Sri Lankan soldiers patrol a shelter for war-displaced Tamils in Vavuniya in late February.
The Chinese government has made life "hell on Earth" for Tibetans during the half-century since a failed uprising against its rule in 1959, the Dalai Lama said Tuesday.

The explosion occurred in the Matara district, the defense ministry said on its Web site. The blast targeted Muslims attending Milad-un-Nabi celebrations, which observe the birth of Prophet Muhammad. Authorities blamed the Tamil Tigers rebel group for the blast. The rebels have fought for an independent homeland for the country’s ethnic Tamil minority since 1983. The civil war has left more than 70,000 people dead.