Sri Lankan police blame Tamil Tiger rebels for explosion

A mine blast struck a truck carrying policemen in northeastern Sri Lanka on Wednesday, killing at least two officers and wounding two others in an attack that police blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels.

The blast took place when at least four policemen were riding in the truck near Trincomalee, Senior Superintendent of Police Nihal Samarakoon said. Two of the officers were killed and two of them wounded when their truck was struck by the mine.

"This is an act of the LTTE," Samarakoon said, referring to the rebels by their formal name, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

The attack happened near the site of a similar attack Tuesday that killed 11 Sri Lankan military personnel, which also was blamed on the rebels. Both involved Claymore mines, which can be triggered by remote control, reports the AP.

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