Blast kills civilian, injures six in northern Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Feb 17, 2007 (AFP) – One civilian was killed and six other people were wounded when suspected Tamil Tiger rebels set off a fragmentation mine in northern Sri Lanka on Saturday, the defence ministry said. The blast blamed on the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was aimed at an army bus carrying troops in the town of Jaffna.

It injured five army personnel, killed one civilian and wounded another, the ministry said.

In the eastern district of Batticaloa, a commander was injured when suspected Tiger rebels fired at a police camp.

There was no immediate comment by the LTTE on the attacks.

Over 60,000 people have been killed in Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatist conflict in the past 35 years. An escalation in violence since December 2005 has left more than 3,800 people dead, despite a Norwegian-arranged truce in place since 2002.