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Suspected Rebel Landmine Attack Kills 13 Sri Lankan Sailors

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The Sri Lankan military says suspected Tamil Tiger rebels have ambushed a naval convoy in northern Sri Lanka, killing at least 13 sailors.

A military spokesman says a landmine exploded on Friday near a naval bus carrying about 30 sailors in the Mannar district in the northwestern part of the country. Another mine ripped through a truck traveling in the same convoy. The attack is being seen as the worst breach so far of the 2002 ceasefire accord. The Associated Press quotes a statement from the Sri Lankan government, which condemned the attack. But the Tamil Tigers have denied that they were involved. The Tamil Tigers launched their violent separatist campaign in 1983. The conflict claimed more than 64-thousand lives before Norway brokered a cease-fire between the two sides in 2002. But a recent upsurge of violence is threatening to unravel the nearly four-year truce.

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