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Pro-Rebel Sri Lankan Lawmaker Killed in Roadside Blast 


A Sri Lankan Tamil lawmaker and his driver were killed Thursday in a roadside bomb attack in northern Sri Lanka.

K. Sivanesan was a member of the Tamil National Alliance, a party allied with the rebel Tamil Tigers. Party officials said Sivanesan was traveling near his home in Mankulam in the Tigers' de facto state when the blast occurred.

A representative with the Tamil Tiger rebels blamed the government for the attack.

Sri Lankan officials have not commented on the incident.

The government has been fighting ethnic Tamil Tiger rebels in a 25-year civil war, which has killed more than 70,000 people.

The conflict escalated when the government formally withdrew from a largely ignored truce with the rebels in January.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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