Sri Lanka north blast kills three soldiers

July 31, 2007 (AFP) – Three soldiers died in a bomb attack in northern Sri Lanka Tuesday, while the military said it had uncovered a new Tamil Tiger weapons cache in the island’s east. The three security personnel were killed by a roadside bomb set off by suspected rebels in the northern peninsula of Jaffna Tuesday, the military said.

The killings came as the military recovered a large haul of arms, including an anti-aircraft gun, missiles, anti-personnel mines and mortar launchers during search operations in the east on Monday.

The defence ministry said Tuesday that troops unearthed the weapons while consolidating positions at the newly captured Thoppigala jungles.

Areas in and around Thoppigala had been the scene of heavy fighting in the past few months as the government stepped up a military offensive to flush out the Tigers from theirlast post in the east.

There was no immediate comment from the Tamil Tiger rebels over the allegations about the blast or weapons haul.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has been campaigning for a separate state for minority Tamils from the majority Sinhalese community, in a bloody ethnic conflict that has claimed ove