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UPDATED: 20:55, January 23, 2007
Mine attack kills 1, injures 7 in Sri Lanka's north
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One civilian was killed and seven civilians including five school children were injured in a claymore mine attack in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula on Tuesday, said the military.

Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe, the military spokesman, told reporters that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) detonated a claymore mine at a Army foot patrol around 7:45 a.m. ( 0215 GMT) in Sandilipai and a soldier was also injured in the attack.

About 40 minutes later, one soldier was killed and two injured when the LTTE attacked an Army heavy vehicle with a claymore mine at Chavakachcheri in Jaffna.

In the northern Vavuniya district, a group of LTTE members stopped a group of workers traveling in a lorry belonging to the government at about 7:55 a.m. (0225 GMT) and shot at them.

One worker was shot dead and four others were seriously injured, said Samarasinghe.

The military spokesman said the advancing troops are de-mining the recently captured Vakarai area and the government resettlement program will start in the near future.

The fleeing LTTE members have left behind a large number of vehicles and arms and ammunition including 362 mortars, 867 anti personnel mines, Samarasinghe said.

He appealed to the people to cooperate with the security forces by giving information and to be vigilant.

The government troops clinched the major rebel stronghold of Vakarai in the Eastern Province last Friday in an operation which lasted more than two months.

Vakarai, a crucial base of the Tigers and one of their main supply lines, was under the control of the LTTE for over a decade.

Source: Xinhua

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