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Five dead in first suicide bombing in Sri Lankan capital since 2001

A suspected suicide bomber killed herself and at least four others in a high-security zone of Colombo in the first such attack in the Sri Lankan capital since Tamil rebels joined a truce in 2002, officials said. The woman was being escorted to a police station opposite the US and British diplomatic missions when she detonated explosives she was carrying, a military official told AFP. The woman and four policemen were killed and another 12 people were wounded, the official said. The attack bore the trademarks of the Tamil Tigers, who on Monday marked the 17th anniversary of their first suicide bombing in their campaign to establish a separate homeland for the island’s Tamil minority.Full Story

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