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Explosion Kills 7 in Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka's military says a series of explosions blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels has killed at least seven people.

The military says a bomb ripped through a checkpoint in the northeastern port city of Trincomalee Monday, killing five security force members and a civilian. At least 14 people were wounded in the attack.

Also Monday, a mine blast in the northern Jaffna peninsula killed one army soldier and wounded another, while a similar attack in the eastern Batticaloa district wounded two more soldiers.

Meanwhile, in the capital Colombo, a top Indian diplomat visited the island nation to discuss rising violence. Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse. Diplomats say the two men discussed the stalled peace process and ways to move it forward.

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