Peace monitors warn of war in Sri Lanka amid new blast

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

A packed army bus narrowly escaped a mine blast in Sri Lanka on Friday as truce monitors pointed the finger at Tiger rebels for a wave of deadly bombings and urged action to halt a return to war. A packed army bus narrowly escaped a mine blast in Sri Lanka on Friday as truce monitors pointed the finger at Tiger rebels for a wave of deadly bombings and urged action to halt a return to war. Military officials said the bus in eastern Trincomalee avoided the full impact of the blast while two more “surface-mounted” mines were found in the district a day after a similar bomb killed 10 sailors.

The attack at Thambalagamuwa came as the Norwegian-led Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) questioned denials from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that they were behind the bombings.

But the mission also faulted Colombo for not acting against paramilitary units who target mainstream LTTE cadres.

The blast Thursday in the northern district of Vavuniya raised to 76 the number of security personnel killed since last month. Nearly another 50 people have been killed in violence in the island’s troubled north-east regions.

“Various actors in the international community have blamed th