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Sri Lankan Military: Female Suicide Bomber Strikes Fleeing Civilians

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Sri Lanka's military says a female suicide bomber killed 28 people when she detonated her explosives in a group of civilians fleeing the country's northern war zone.

A military spokesman (Udaya Nanayakkara) said the woman is a suspected Tamil Tiger rebel who set off her bomb outside a relief camp near Vishvamadu today (Monday). At least 45 people were wounded.

There is no way to independently confirm the report because the war zone is sealed off to independent observers and media.

Sri Lanka says the nation's foreign minister (Rohitha Bogollagama) met with the heads of United Nations agencies based in Colombo today to discuss ways to protect civilians in the conflict zone.

Sri Lanka's military says it is providing medical care, food and water at the frontlines to thousands of fleeing civilians.

U.N. officials estimate as many as 250-thousand people are trapped by the fighting.

Sri Lanka's military accuses the rebels of using the civilians as human shields, but the rebels say the civilians are trapped by the ongoing military operation.

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