Four policemen killed in Sri Lanka blast

The victims were on a routine patrol in Kathankudy in the district of Batticaloa when they were ambushed with a Claymore mine.
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Published on May 25, 2006 09:44 AM IST
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None | ByAgence France-Presse, Colombo

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.

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