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Gunmen in Sri Lanka Kill Army Intelligence Officer, Civilian

Unidentified gunmen in Sri Lanka's volatile east have shot dead an army intelligence officer and a civilian.

A military spokesman says the attack occurred early Thursday in the town of Polonnaruwa.

No one has claimed responsibility for the ambush, but in the past authorities have blamed such attacks on Tamil Tiger rebels.

The Tigers have waged a 20-year campaign for greater autonomy for Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil minority. The conflict claimed more than 60,000 lives before a Norwegian-brokered cease-fire between the rebels and the government in Colombo went into effect in 2002, but subsequent peace talks collapsed in April 2003.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.