Sri Lanka blast kills four: officials

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.