Mine blast kills nine sailors as Sri Lanka vows no war

Chief Regulatory Officer at CSE Renuke Wijayawardhane presenting the listing certificate to Executive Chairperson at Renuka Hotels Shibani Thambiayah

Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday blew up a navy bus, killing 10 sailors in fresh bloodshed as Sri Lanka vowed it will not return to war with the guerrillas. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday blew up a navy bus, killing 10 sailors in fresh bloodshed as Sri Lanka vowed it will not return to war with the guerrillas. The sailors were returning to their posts after vacation and were travelling in a convoy of several vehicles when they were ambushed, a military official said, adding that 12 other sailors escaped with injuries.

“Eight sailors were killed on the spot and 14 others escaped with injuries and two of them died on the way to hospital,” an official in the northern town of Vavuniya said when contacted by telephone. “It is the work of Tigers.”

Police and security forces stepped up security across embattled regions following the latest blast, police said.

A similar ambush on December 23 killed 13 sailors. Four days later, 12 soldiers were killed in the island’s north in another land mine attack.

On Saturday, 15 sailors died in a suicide attack which sank their gunboat in the northeastern port district of Trincomalee.

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