More blasts in Sri Lanka as Norway mounts new peace bid

Apr.21 (AFP) – Three policemen were killed and three injured in two mine attacks in Sri Lanka Friday, police said, as Norway launched a fresh bid to save the island’s tottering peace process. At least 65 people were killed in the bombings alone while the Tigers said more than a dozen were killed in attacks carried out by pro-government militia.

More than 60,000 people have been killed in three decades of ethnic bloodshed between the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils. A police official said one attack, at Seerunuwara village in northeastern Trincomalee district, occurred as they were searching for landmines.

One officer died and a second was injured.

A police vehicle rushing to the area soon after the blast was ambushed with another Claymore mine that killed two policemen and wounded two constables, a police official in the area said.

At least five homes were torched and a civilian killed in Seerunuwara in what appeared to be inter-communal clashes sparked by the first mine attack, police said, adding that security had been stepped up in the area.

The latest violence comes after Norway failed in its bid to persuade Tamil Tiger rebels to attend rescheduled talks with the