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Sri Lanka: Blast hits military bus

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- At least four Sri Lankan soldiers and two civilians were wounded Thursday when a Claymore mine exploded near a military bus, just outside Colombo's bustling commercial district, police said.

All of the soldiers were aboard the bus and two were critically wounded. The civilians were passersby.

The attack took place shortly after 8 a.m. along the capital's Reclamation Road, near Colombo's port.

Police blamed the bombing on Tamil Tiger rebels.

The incident came only hours after rebel fighters overran a small Sri Lankan naval unit on Delft Island, near the government-controlled Jaffna peninsula, the military said. The unit was guarding a radar station.

According to the military, the area has been recaptured, but at least six sailors were killed.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland for the Tamil minority in the north and east, citing decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. The government has vowed to dislodge the rebels from their eastern stronghold.

About 65,000 people were killed before a 2002 cease-fire, which has become frayed by recent fighting between Tamil Tigers and the military.

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