Bomb attack Buttala, southern Sri Lanka, one dead: police

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives with flowers to receive blessings at the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday 4 April 2018. On wednesday (4), Wickremesinghe survived a no-confidence motion in the Sri Lankan parliament with a 46 vote majority after a 12-hour debate with 122 MPs voted in his support while 76 MPs voting to remove the prime minister. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Feb 4, 2008 (AFP) – A powerful roadside bomb killed at least one soldier and wounded three others in a town in southern Sri Lanka Monday as the country marked 60 years of independence, police said. The attack came as the country was on red alert for possible attacks by separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas, who have been fighting for independence since 1972.

The Claymore mine exploded in Buttala as soldiers transported lunch for their colleagues, a police official in the area said by telephone.