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Sri Lanka bomb blast kills soldier, wounds 2 others, military says

Sri Lanka bomb blast kills soldier, wounds 2 others, military says

Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels set off a roadside bomb in northern Sri Lanka Thursday, killing a soldier and wounding two others, the military said, just two days after the rebels agreed to peace talks with the government.
The bomb targeted a group of soldiers who were on a foot patrol in the northern district of Vavuniya, said an officer at the Media Center for National Security, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
Vavuniya is the northernmost government-held garrison town before rebel-held territory.
The rebels did not immediately comment on the incident.
On Tuesday, the Tiger told a Norwegian peace broker that they would meet with the government, but warned that they would pull out of a shaky, four-year-old cease-fire if there was further military action.
The last round of peace talks aimed at ending two decades of civil war were held in February.
The Norway-brokered 2002 cease-fire temporarily ended Sri Lanka's civil war between the government and the Tamil Tigers, or Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who want to carve out a separate homeland in the north for the country's ethnic Tamil minority, citing decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese.
About 65,000 people died in the conflict before the truce.
However, renewed fighting since late July has left at least 1,000 combatants and civilians dead, even though both sides say they are still honoring the truce.
On Wednesday, the air force bombed rebel positions in the north.
The military said the air attacks were aimed at destroying insurgents' mortar positions because the rebels were firing mortars toward government troops in the northern Jaffna peninsula.


Updated : 2021-01-19 11:32 GMT+08:00