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Explosion injures 10 in northern Sri Lanka
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08:57, March 03, 2008

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Ten people were injured in a Claymore mine explosion blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka's northern Vavuniya district Sunday afternoon, defense officials said.

Officials from the Media Center for National Security said Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels detonated the Claymore mine around 4:45 p.m. (1115 GMT) in the northern town of Vavuniya.

Among the injured were two policemen, two members of the Civil Defense Force and six civilians.

The claymore mine had been fixed on a pushbike placed near a wayside shop in a densely populated area, officials said.

The Army said earlier a soldier was killed in a Claymore mine attack in the Pompemadu area of the Vavuniya district around 7:20 a.m. (0150 GMT).

Vavuniya is the one of the major districts witnessing fierce battles between government troops and the LTTE.

With the Eastern Province having been recaptured from the control of the LTTE, the government aims to dislodge the rebels from their present stronghold in the northern region.

The military said more than 700 people have been killed in the escalating conflict since the beginning of this year.

The LTTE has been fighting for a separate homeland for minority Tamils in the north and east for more than two decades, resulting in the death of more than 70,000 people.


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