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Bomb targets Sri Lanka police
Up to seven civilians die in attack aimed at truck carrying elite police commandos.
Last Modified: 29 May 2007 04:05 GMT
At least four police commandos were among the
18 people wounded by the roadside bomb[AFP]
 
A roadside bomb has exploded near a truck transporting Sri Lankan police commandos outside the capital Colombo, killing at least sevencivilians and wounding 33 other people.

The attack on a main road near a military airport at Ratmalana was blamed on Tamil Tiger separatists fighting for an independent homeland in the north of the country.
"There was a claymore mine explosion targeting an STF [elite police commando] truck in Ratmalana," Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe, military spokesman, said.

"It's obviously an LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] claymore. They have planted it in an abandoned shop."
Rasiah Ilanthirayan, an LTTE spokesman, denied the Tamil Tigers were responsible for the bomb.
 
"I only have to say that we have nothing to do with it," he said.

Police casualties

Four special task force police commandos were among the wounded in the blast during Monday's rush-hour, Samarasinghe said.
 
"It looks like a claymore mine was placed on the roof of a roadside shop and detonated with a remote controlled device as the truck passed"

Sri Lankan
police officer
Nine commandos were in the truck that was heading towards Colombo from a training facility at Katukurunda.

Hundreds of troops pass through the suburban area just 15km south of the centre of Colombo every day.

"It looks like a claymore mine was placed on the roof of a roadside shop and detonated with a remote controlled device as the truck passed," a police officer at the scene said.
  
The owner of the shop was telling police that the premises had been broken into when the blast ripped through, he added.

The bombing came just days after an army bus was targeted near the entrance to Colombo port, killing one soldier and injuring six other people, and a fierce naval battle off the Jaffna peninsula on Thursday.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in a resurgence of the conflict since December 2005 despite a ceasefire being agreed in February 2002.
  
Separatist violence in Sri Lanka has claimed more than 60,000 lives so far.
Source:
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