Female suicide bomber sets off explosion in Sri Lanka (Lead)

February 9th, 2009 - 3:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Feb 9 (DPA) A female suicide bomber posing as a civilian entered a government-controlled area from the Tamil rebel-held area in northern Sri Lanka Monday morning and detonated herself at a welfare centre, killing several people and injuring at least 60 others, the military said.

The explosion went off in the Visuamadu area, 360 km north-east of the capital, where the military is receiving hundreds of civilians before they are sent to transit camps.

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said that so far at least one soldier and several civilians have been reported killed and 60 people, including some women, have been injured.

The incident came as fighting continued between government troops and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam guerrillas, in what the military described as the last phase of its long drive to defeat the rebels.

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