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LTTE mine kills 12 Sri Lankan navymen

Eight others were injured when the bus in which they travelling was blasted by a claymore mine, reports PK Balachandran.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 17:41 IST

At least twelve Sri Lankan navy personnel were killed and eight others were wounded, when the bus in which they travelling was blasted by a claymore mine in Tambalagamam on the Trincomalee-Habarana road in Eastern Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Among the injured were two British nationals who were traveling in a car on the same road.

Sri Lankan officials blamed the LTTE for the attack, the second in two days.

On Monday, five army soldiers and two civilians were killed in a similar blast in Mirusuvil in Jaffna.

Political observers say that the blasts were the LTTE's answer to the killing of Vigneswaran, a leading pro-LTTE politician of Trincomalee last week-end.

He was gunned down by an unidentified person. But the LTTE blames the Sri Lankan army's Tamil paramilitaries for it.

The funeral of Vigneswaran, who had been posthumously awarded the title "Great Man" by the LTTE leader V Prabhakaran, was to take place in Trincomalee on Tuesday.

The killing of the naval personnel in Trincomalee is believed to be linked to the funeral.

According to the pro-LTTE Tamil website www.puthinam.com, after the killing of Vigneswaran and the public agitation over it, the LTTE had asked for the postponement of the second round of peace talks to be held in Geneva on April 19 until calm returned to Trincomalee.

First Published: Apr 11, 2006 13:23 IST