Five killed in blast in rebel-held northern SL
At least five people were on Tuesday killed in a powerful roadside bomb blast inside rebel-held territory in Sri Lanka, which the Tamil Tigers blamed on government forces.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) claimed the blast was set off by a unit of the Sri Lanka army, which entered Mankulam, about 35 kms from the de facto front line separating the two sides.
The Tigers said the victims were travelling in a vehicle when they were hit.
"The vehicle belongs to the Tamil Eelam Health Services and a team of medical unit comprising LTTE members and civilians in the vehicle were on their way to a civil clinical service," the Tigers said.
The World Health Organization has said that the Covid-19 outbreak in North Korea is worrying for new variants of the virus, as the country is battling a rapid spread of a mysterious fever since late April. On Wednesday, the country reported 232,880 more cases of the mysterious fever and six more deaths, taking the infection tally and toll to over 1.7 million and 62 respectively.
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