One dead, six injured in a landmine explosion in Sri Lanka


One person was killed and six others were injured when suspected Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed a military bus by setting off a claymore mine in the Northern Jaffna peninsula on Saturday.


(18.02.2007)

Among the injured were five soldiers who were travelling in the bus, PTI reported here quoting Sri Lankan Defence Ministry sources. The ambush came a day after Sri Lankan navy destroyed two boats believed to be transporting bomb-making material off the northwestern coast, killing four suspected rebels while Air Force jets pounded rebel targets in the northern Jaffna. In another incident in the Eastern Batticaloa district, an officer of the Elite Special Task Force was injured when the rebels fired at a military camp in Vavunitivu. Meanwhile, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) accused government troops of killing 39 civilians and blamed it for the disappearance of another 39 people during the last two weeks. The LTTE has been fighting for over 30 years for an independent state for ethnic Tamils. Over 60,000 people have died in what has become one of Asia's longest-running conflicts.

Von: 17.02.2007 www.irna.ir

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