Sri Lanka mine blast kills bus driver

Sept 22, 2007 (AFP) – A powerful mine hit a civilian bus near Sri Lanka’s northeastern port of Trincomalee on Saturday, killing its driver and wounding two passengers, military officials said.

They said troop reinforcements were rushed to the area following the bomb attack, which came six days after military in the area had celebrated sinking three suspected Tamil Tiger gun-running ships.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1972 for a separate homeland on the tropical island for minority Tamils. The roadside blast struck the bus just outside Trincomalee, some 160 miles (260 kilometres) northeast of here, officials said.