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Attacks in Sri Lanka kill 3 government soldiers, wound 6; police officer shot

Attacks in Sri Lanka kill 3 government soldiers, wound 6; police officer shot

Tamil Tiger rebels detonated a roadside bomb in Sri Lanka's volatile north on Thursday, killing two soldiers and wounding three others, while separate attacks across the island left a soldier dead and a policeman wounded, the military said.
The insurgents triggered the bomb as an army truck drove along a road in the Jaffna peninsula, said the military's acting spokesman, Maj. Upali Rajapakse. The area is the ethnic minority Tamils' traditional homeland.
Rajapakse said the attack left two soldiers dead and three others wounded.
In eastern Sri Lanka, suspected rebels fired artillery at an army camp, killing a soldier. Three soldiers were wounded, Rajapakse said. In northern Vavuniya, a policeman was shot and wounded.
The military, meanwhile, also accused the rebels of abducting two members of a rival group of former separatists from their office in the northern seaside town of Puttalam.
A group of armed men stormed into the office of the Peoples' Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam late Wednesday and seized Pakaisara and Karikalam, Rajapakse said. Tamils often use only one name.
Remaining members of the former rebel group, which renounced violence decades ago and joined the political mainstream, told Puttalam police that Tamil Tiger rebels abducted the two men.
Calls to the rebels' headquarters in the northern district of Kilinochchi rang unanswered Thursday.
Sri Lanka's two-decade-long civil war ended in 2002 when Norway brokered a cease-fire, but the truce has recently come under serious threat due to near-daily violence.
More than 3,500 combatants and civilians have been killed in fighting this year, according to the Defense Ministry. There have also been several abductions.


Updated : 2020-12-03 02:44 GMT+08:00