Mine blasts rock Sri Lanka amid fresh bid to save truce

Jan 17, 2006 (AFP) – Suspected Tiger rebels set off two more mines and fought a gun battle with troops Tuesday as the United Nations urged talks and Norway made a fresh bid to pull Sri Lanka back from the brink of war. Jan 17, 2006 (AFP) – Suspected Tiger rebels set off two more mines and fought a gun battle with troops Tuesday as the United Nations urged talks and Norway made a fresh bid to pull Sri Lanka back from the brink of war. Military officials said members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ambushed a navy bus by setting off a landmine in the restive northeast port district of Trincomalee, leaving 10 sailors wounded.

The explosive device rigged up to a bicycle went off as the bus passed by, a military official said, adding that the vehicle escaped the full impact.

He said the guerrillas immediately opened fire at the bus and sailors retaliated, killing at least two of their attackers. A civilian was wounded in the crossfire.

“When the Claymore mine narrowly missed the bus, there was a hail of bullets from the side of the road,” the official told AFP. “Out of the sailors injured, one is in a critical condition and has been sent to Colombo for treatment.”

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