July 18, 2006 (AFP) – A civilian has been killed and 13 people wounded in separate bomb explosions while two civilians were shot dead in Sri Lanka’s troubled northeast regions, military officials said Tuesday.
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The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) exploded a mine while soldiers were on routine patrol in the Jaffna peninsula, a military officer in the area said.
The blast killed a civilian and wounded two soldiers and five civilians, he said.
Six women street cleaners were wounded in an explosion in the northeastern district of Trincomalee, another military official said.
“A bomb went off while labourers were cleaning a street,” he said. “It is possible that the Tigers may have planted the bomb inside a garbage heap and it went off while labourers were clearing the area.”
In another incident two civilians were shot dead by suspected Tamil Tiger gunmen on Monday night, the defence ministry said in a statement.
The violence came after three similar mine blasts in the north and east on Monday that killed two people and wounded 11, the military said.
Despite a February 2002 truce, clashes have escalated between the two sides with more than 850 people killed in a fresh wave of vi