Colombo land mine explosion kills seven
Monday, August 14, 2006
Hours after the Tamil Tigers threatened to bomb civilians in Colombo, Sri Lanka, a powerful bomb went off. The device is thought to be a fragmentation mine. Seven people were killed and seventeen injured in the explosion, and it came hours after Sri Lanka's military carried out an air-raid that killed dozens.
"Definitely it's an LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] attack to the Pakistan ambassador's car but they missed and the backup vehicle got caught," a Sri lankan military spokesman said. The Pakistani ambassador may be a target of the Tigers as Pakistan has backed the government of Sri Lanka diplomatically.
In the past few days, there have been fierce hostilities between government forces and Tamil Tigers in the north and the east of the country.
The Tamil Tigers are a military and political group that has waged a violent secessionist campaign against Sri Lanka’s government since the 1970s. Their aim is to secure self-government for the traditional Tamil regions in the north and east of Sri Lanka.
- "Tamil Tigers say Sri Lanka's government bombed orphanage" — Wikinews, August 14, 2006
- "Seven killed in Colombo explosion" — , August 14, 2006
- Simon Gardner. "Dozens killed in Sri Lanka blast" — , August 14, 2006
- Simon Gardner. "Blast rocks Sri Lanka capital" — , August 14, 2006
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