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Explosion kills 6, injures 5 in Trincomalee town

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 May 2006, 06:14 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) soldiers and four Tamil civilians were killed in an explosion in Trincomalee town, around 9.45 a.m, Monday. Three SLN personnel and 2 civilians were wounded in the explosion, that occured at Vidiyalayam Road, Trincomalee police said.

The police said the blast was caused by a claymore mine fixed to a bicycle, parked on the road side.

The bomb went off when the soldiers on a road clearing operation began examining the bicycle, ¨the police said.

The civilians killed in the blast were identified as Praba, a three wheeler driver, Ms.Chitra Thurainayagam, and her two children- Vanitha and Thulasithasan.

Roads in the town centre are deserted as movement of civilians and traffic came to a standstill following the blast, civil sources said.

Tension prevails in the town, the sources said.


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