A female Tamil Tiger bomber on Monday killed 28 people,including 20 Sri Lankan soldiers,and wounded 60 others when she blew herself up at a checkpoint in a refugee processing centre in the war-torn north.
The suicide bomber,with explosives strapped on her body,blew herself up as she was being frisked at a checkpoint meant for Tamil civilians who have crossed over from rebel-held lines,an army spokesman said. Most of the soldiers who were killed in one of the most devastating bombings carried out by the Tigers in recent months were unarmed and carrying out search of the civilians to direct them to government-designated safe zone set up for the refugees.
Among the civilians killed included some women and children,but most wounded were civilians. The spokesman said most of the injured had been airlifted to hospitals in capital and Anuradhapura.
The suicide bomber had apparently targeted the Security Forces but the explosion killed civilians also, the army spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said. Nayakkara accused the Tigers of carrying out the attack to prevent trapped civilians from crossing over to safer areas. So far 17,000 out of an estimated 250,000 people have come over to safe zones,he said. The LTTE is now desperate because they dont have any control over the civilians now, Nanayakkara said. They wanted to stop these people coming in, he said.