Five killed in Sri Lanka army attack: rebels

June 7, 2006 (AFP) – Suspected government troops carried out a bomb attack inside rebel-held territory Wednesday, killing at least five civilians and wounding 14, Tiger guerrillas said. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said government troops had carried out the bomb attack against a vehicle transporting civilians.

“This is the largest attack on a civilian vehicle in the Northeast since the ceasefire was signed and was clearly carried out by the Sri Lanka army in LTTE area against civilians,” the Tigers said in a statement.

A government military official here denied any involvement in the attack.

The report of the latest violence came ahead a meeting between the government and the Tamil Tigers in Oslo Thursday to discuss the safety of Scandinavians monitoring a truce that is threatened with collapse.

The military blamed a Claymore mine attack near the capital on the Tamil Tigers. Both sides have blamed the other for the recent escalation of violence. More than 600 people have been killed since December.