Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Sri Lanka landmine blast kills 2 officials -rebels

COLOMBO, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Two Sri Lankan government officials were killed and three were wounded on Friday when a claymore mine exploded in a rebel-controlled northern region, the Tamil Tigers said.

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) military spokesman R. Ilannthirayan said a Sri Lankan army team that had crossed into Nedunkeni area, apparently to target rebels, hit government officials by mistake.

"It was a deep penetration team, they launched a claymore attack against a vehicle belonging to the department of agriculture and killing two officials travelling inside and wounding a further three," he said.

There was no immediate comment from the military.


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