Four policemen killed in Sri Lanka blast
At least four policemen were killed in a mine attack blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels in eastern Sri Lanka on Thursday, military officials said.
The victims were on a routine patrol in Kathankudy in the district of Batticaloa when they were ambushed with a Claymore mine, officials said.
Two soldiers and a policeman were killed in a similar blast in the northern district of Vavuniya on Wednesday.
The attack came ahead of a visit by Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim to Sri Lanka on Friday for talks with both the government and the Tigers in a bid to salvage a four-year-old ceasefire.