Five killed in Sri Lanka as train hits truck

Nov 30, 2006 (AFP) – Two soldiers and three policemen were killed Thursday when their pick-up truck was hit by a commuter train at an unprotected level crossing near the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, police said. Sri Lanka has stepped up security across the country after Tamil Tiger rebels announced Monday that they had no option but to resume their struggle for a separate state after describing a Norwegian-arranged truce as “defunct.” The five were killed on the spot and five other security personnel were injured in the collision at Wattala, a suburb of Colombo, police said, adding that the victims had been on a routine search operation in the area.