COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- At least eight people were killed Wednesday in Sri Lanka after suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels detonated a powerful claymore mine.
Sri Lankan military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe confirmed that suspected rebels detonated the mine near a military convoy traveling through the city of Batticaloa, Lankapage reported.
"Tigers detonated a powerful claymore mine against a convoy of the Security Forces proceeding on leave," Samarasinghe said.
Another nine people were injured.
The dead included three soldiers, four police officers and one civilian.
The attack came in the wake of a movement by several donor countries to urge both the Sri Lankan government and the Tigers back into peace negotiations with one another.
Lankapage said that with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa pushing for an elimination of terrorism, the powerful rebel group would likely continue to oppose the national government through similar terrorist acts.