Mine Blasts Kill 5 In Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka)

Colombo, Sri Lanka (AHN) - Fragmentation mine explosions kill five people in Sri Lanka, as continuing violence threatens to push the country into a civil war.


Reuters reports police in Jaffna suspect the rebel Tamil Tigers planted claymore mines that killed two sailors.
A second mine blast near the northwest coast kills there soldiers and wounds too others.

A senior government officials speaking to Reuters on the condition of anonymity says the bombing of Tiger targets have been stopped for humanitarian reasons.
However, both sides threatened to resume attacks after heavy gunfire on Tuesday evening and on Wednesday.

The fighting has forced thousands of Sri Lankans to evacuate their home and increased fears a 2002 ceasefire will not be honored.

Army spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe says the mine attacks will not result in retaliatory air strikes.
"It was suspected LTTE. But for a claymore mine blast we don't respond with air strkes."
A two-decades long civil war killed more than 64,000 people.

Von: 28.4.2006 by Yvonne Lee, www.allheadlinenews.com

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