Mine blasts kill five security personnel in Sri Lanka

Apr. 27, 2006 (AFP) – At least five security personnel were killed in three separate Claymore mine attacks in northern Sri Lanka Thursday, the military said. Three soldiers were killed and two wounded in Mannar district while two sailors riding a motorcycle were blown up in the Kayts islet, a military official said.

He said two police constables were also wounded in a third mine attack in Vavuniya Thursday.

The three blasts came a day after the military carried out aerial bombings against suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in the island’s northeastern district of Trincomalee.

The military said it was acting in self-defence after the guerrillas carried out a suicide bombing that targeted the head of the army, leaving him severely wounded. He was among 30 people hurt while 10 others were killed. Peace broker Norway has been trying to get the Tamil Tigers and the Colombo government to return to the table and discuss ways to save a ceasefire that is facing collapse.