Tamil Tiger blast kills 15 Sri Lankan sailors, more violence feared

Suspected Tamil rebels blew up a navy road convoy in Sri Lanka on Friday killing at least 15 sailors and wounding 15 more, a defence ministry official said as the guerrillas warned of more strikes. Suspected Tamil rebels blew up a navy road convoy in Sri Lanka on Friday killing at least 15 sailors and wounding 15 more, a defence ministry official said as the guerrillas warned of more strikes. The carnage in the northwestern district of Mannar was the worst since the rebels and the government agreed a Norwegian-brokered ceasefire in February 2002, officials said.

The head of the Norwegian-led truce monitors, Hagrup Haukland, said they situation in the island was “alarming” and the ceasefire that went into effect from February 2002 was in “jeopardy”

“We have recovered the bodies of 15 sailors who were travelling in a bus that was part of the convoy,” a defence ministry official told AFP. “A truck that was providing escort to the bus was also hit.”

At least 15 sailors were taken to hospital in critical condition as helicopters flew to the area, 310 kilometres (195 miles) by road from the capital, to evacuate casualties, the official said.

He said the military suspected that the Libe