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UPDATED: 14:10, May 17, 2006
Mine attack kills 2 soldiers, injures 1 in Sri Lanka's east
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Two soldiers were killed, one was injured Wednesday morning in a Claymore mine attack carried out by suspected Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka's eastern district of Polonnaruwa, said the military.

A spokesman from the Army headquarters in Colombo said a group of Army soldiers on road patrol were attacked by a Claymore mine exploded at about 8:15 a.m. (0245 GMT) in Polonnaruwa, about 200 km north-east of the capital.

The spokesman said two soldiers were killed on the spot and the injured soldier has been shifted to nearby hospital.

The attack came shortly after a visit by U.S. State Department's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Camp to the island country.

During his two-day visit, Camp urged the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to re-assess its methods and abandon terrorism, as "that's the only way it can really have a future in a united Sri Lanka."

He said that he hoped the United States and other co-chairs on Sri Lanka's peace process could help move Sri Lanka back to the peace process and de-escalate the current crisis in the upcoming meeting in Tokyo.

The escalation of violence since April has claimed about 170 lives and put the island country's peace process in danger.

The Norwegian brokered a ceasefire between the government and the LTTE in February 2002 after nearly three decades of fighting in the north and east that claimed over 64,000 lives.

The LTTE rebels want to set up a separate homeland for the minority Tamil community in the north and east.

Source: Xinhua

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