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Bomb Kills 6 Sri Lankan Soldiers

Sri Lankan officials say a bomb blast killed six soldiers and wounded several others Saturday in the northern Jaffna peninsula.

The improvised device exploded as soldiers cleaned up the area after a failed attempt by Tamil Tiger rebels to capture the peninsula.

In the capital of Colombo, police say they found a major weapons cache and arrested at least 17 people, including two women.

Authorities say the suspects were planning a major attack. Police say they seized hand grenades and mines in the raid.

Meanwhile, Tamil Tigers released a policeman Saturday, who had been held for nearly a year after he strayed into rebel territory while pursuing a pedophile.

The release followed a request from Ulf Henricsson, the outgoing head of the team monitoring the 2002 ceasefire between the government and rebels.

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