Sri Lanka blast kills four: officials

Sri Lanka's state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene (L) takes part in a press conference in Colombo on April 24, 2019. - A Sri Lankan security dragnet hunting those responsible for horrifying bombings that claimed more than 350 lives has scooped up a further 18 suspects, police said April 24, as pressure mounted on politicians to explain why no one acted on intelligence warnings. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Jan 31, 2008 (AFP) – At least four people were killed in a powerful explosion in Sri Lanka’s embattled northern peninsula of Jaffna on Thursday, officials said. The explosion at Thirunelveli was believed to be the work of a suicide bomber, a military official here said, adding that initial reports said four civilians had been killed.

The bombing came a day after Tiger rebels and government forces claimed they had the upper hand after smashing each other’s fortifications on the peninsula.

Jaffna, at the northern tip of Sri Lanka, is a Tamil-majority area controlled by the government but cut off from the rest of the island by Tamil Tiger territory.

The Sri Lankan government has close to 40,000 soldiers and police posted on the peninsula, which it keeps supplied using planes and ships.