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In pictures: Sri Lanka bus attack

Soldiers patrol near a bus overturned by a landmine blast in Kabithigollewa northeast of Colombo

At least 61 people were killed after a packed bus struck a mine in northern Sri Lanka. Many of them were children.

Relatives of the bus attack outside a hospital

Anxious locals thronged the hospital near the attack in Anuradhapura, an ethnic Sinhalese majority area

Villagers burn tyres to demand more protection from the government

Some local people demonstrated, demanding better protection from the authorities.

Sri Lankan soldiers check a car in Colombo amid a security alert following the bus bomb attack

Security was tightened in Colombo. The government blamed Tamil Tiger rebels for the attack, a claim the rebels denied.

Sri Lankan government soldiers look at the body of police constable who was killed by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels

Violence has been rising in Sri Lanka since late last year. Both sides blame each other for attacks.

A international peace monitor  inspects the damaged helmet of a soldier who was killed in an explosion.

Truce monitors say the country is sliding back to war. Last week, the rebels refused to meet Sri Lankan officials in Oslo.




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