Four soldiers, two aid workers killed in Sri Lanka blast

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Apr.10, 2006 (AFP) – At least four Sri Lankan soldiers and two civilians were killed in a landmine blast blamed on the Tamil Tigers in the northern Jaffna province Monday, defence officials said. Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe, Sri Lanka’s military spokesman, said an army truck was caught in the “mine explosion killing four and seriously injuring two more soldiers at Mirusuvil, Jaffna.”

He said that two aid workers attached to a non-governmental organisation were also killed in the explosion.

The blast happened as Sri Lanka’s international donors were urging the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to attend the April 19-21 talks in Geneva aimed at salvaging a fragile Norwegian-brokered truce.

The ambassadors of Norway, Japan and the European Union had travelled to the Tiger headquarters in Kilinochchi in the north early Monday.

The ambassadors conveyed the government assurances of their safety if the Tigers participate in the upcoming Geneva talks.

It was the second such landmine explosion on troops since the first round of truce talks held in February in Geneva in which both sides agreed to halt attacks that left more than 150 dead in December and January.

The LTTE also