Sri Lanka says huge truck bomb found in eastern port town

June 29, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lankan authorities Friday discovered a huge truck bomb in the north-eastern port district of Trincomalee, three days after finding a powerful mine in the capital, officials said. About 1,000 kilos (2,200 pounds) of explosives packed into a freezer truck was found at a fishing village in Trincomalee, 260 kilometres (160 miles) north-east of Colombo.

“The truck was found at a fishing village and the explosives have been defused,” a local official in Trincomalee said by telephone.

Police found a powerful bomb near an oil storage depot of the capital three days ago.
Earlier this month, police seized another truck with just over 1,000 kilos of explosives.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the government has blamed Tamil Tiger rebels for bomb attacks in the capital and elsewhere. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have been fighting for an independent homeland. The 35-year old ethnic conflict has claimed more than 60,000 lives.