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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

Bomb blast rocks Sri Lanka navy base in Welisara

By Ashwin Hemmathagama reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 06 June, (Asiantribune.com): A bomb exploded today at 4.10 am (Sri Lankan time) close to the Sri Lanka Navy camp in Welisara, missing target of trop transport.

The bomb had gone off injuring a driver and a conductor of a public transport vehicle which was starting its day’s routine. According to local authorities LTTE is suspected for this powerful explosion which has seriously wounded two persons.

According to international media this sudden attack has raised fears of more bombings in Colombo, where the authorities have recently stepped up security amid an escalation of violence between government forces and the rebels. The navy and the police have already sealed off all roads leading to the navy facility starting a house-to-house search.

The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels were set to open talks in Oslo Thursday to discuss the safety of Scandinavian peacekeepers monitoring a faltering truce in their long-running conflict. More than 60,000 people have been killed in the island's separatist conflict since 1972 and four previous peace bids have ended in failure.

- Asian Tribune -

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