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APRIL 19, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 13

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Five Tamils killed in northern Sri Lanka ; mine explosion wounds sailors, military says
Associated Press, Wed April 19, 2006 05:40 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian peace envoy met with Sri Lanka - 's prime minister Wednesday in a bid to save a faltering cease-fire with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, while two sailors and three civilians were wounded in two separate mine blasts, officials said. The rebels have warned they will not join the Geneva talks if they cannot be guaranteed safe passage across government-held territory in northern Sri Lanka - to their headquarters for an internal meeting first.

The government has refused to airlift the guerrillas by Sri Lankan navy helicopters a facility allowed since the February 2002 cease-fire while the Tigers have not responded publicly to a later government offer for peace mediator Norway to use private helicopters to transport rebel commanders to the meeting.

Relations between then two sides have further soured amid escalating violence that has killed more than 50 people since April 10.

On Wednesday, two sailors were wounded when an anti-personnel mine exploded as they were filling up a water truck in the northwestern Mannar district, navy spokesman Cmdr. D.K.P. Dassanayake.

Another explosion hit the northern town of Vavuniya hours later and local police said at least three people were wounded. No other details were available.

Vavuniya is 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of the capital, Colombo and is the last garrison town before rebel territory starts.

Meanwhile, the bodies of five Tamil civilians were found with gun shot wounds in the northern town of Jaffna on Wednesday, said police officer W.G. Ranasinghe. The identity of the assailants and the motive behind the killings was not immediately known.

European cease-fire monitors have said Tamil Tigers may have been behind most of the anti-personnel mine attacks targeting government military convoys. The rebels deny the claim.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels have fought the government since 1983 demanding a separate homeland for the country's minority Tamils accusing the majority Sinhalese-dominated state of discrimination.

More than 65,000 people were killed in the fighting before the cease-fire. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Apr 19 09:06:57 EDT 2006

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