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At least 18 killed in suspected Tamil Tiger attack

Latest update : 2008-06-06

At least 18 commuters were killed and 47 others wounded Friday in a suspected Tamil Tiger bomb attack on a crowded bus south of the Sri Lankan capital, officials said.

COLOMBO, June 6 (Reuters) - A morning rush hour blast in a suburb of Sri Lanka's capital killed 20 people and wounded 40 on Friday, police said.

The explosion in a bus in a southern suburb of Colombo came two days after suspected Tamil Tiger rebels blew up a rail track near the Sri Lankan capital wounding 27 people.

The latest explosion targetting civilians comes as the Sri Lanka's military presses on with an offensive to retake the Tigers' northern stronghold in land, sea and air attacks in a civil war that has killed more than 70,000 people.

Analysts say the military has the upper hand in the latest phase of the long-running war given superior air power, strength of numbers and swathes of terrain captured in the island's east.

But they still see no clear winner on the horizon.

Date created : 2008-06-06

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