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Army says Sri Lanka mine kills 10

From Journalist Iqbal Athas

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- At least 10 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed Tuesday when their convoy was hit by a Claymore mine in the country's north, military officials said, blaming Tamil Tiger rebels for the attack.

Eighteen soldiers were traveling on an army bus when the mine exploded near the town of Point Pedro, in the northern state of Jaffna.

Tamil officials are denying responsibility for the attack, instead attributing the violence to civilians.

The rebels, however, did issue a statement on Monday advising the closure of all government offices in the Jaffna peninsula, a Tamil Tiger stronghold.

Since the Nov. 17 presidential elections, won by Mahinda Rajapakse, violence has been on the increase, prompting fears the island's 20-year civil war may intensify.

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