Five killed in Sri Lanka blast

COLOMBO, Jan 2 (AFP) – A powerful bomb exploded in Sri Lanka’s restive northeastern town of Trincomalee Monday, killing five people and wounding two, police said. COLOMBO, Jan 2 (AFP) – A powerful bomb exploded in Sri Lanka’s restive northeastern town of Trincomalee Monday, killing five people and wounding two, police said. The victims were identified as Tamil youth from the area, 260 kilometres (160 miles) northeast of the capital.

“We are trying to see if the victims were killed when some explosive device they carried exploded prematurely,” a police official said.

There have been a spate of deadly bomb attacks against security forces in the embattled northeast since last month in violence linked to the island’s drawn out ethnic conflict.

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