COLOMBO, March 27, 2008 (AFP) -
Two policemen escorting a Japanese aid worker died in a roadside blast
on Wednesday, while fighting in the island's north killed 19 rebels, one
soldier and three civilians, the government said.
The aid worker, visiting an irrigation
project in the eastern district of Batticaloa, narrowly escaped the mine
attack, but the officers providing security died, the Japanese embassy
"Our national is safe, but we are
saddened that two Sri Lankan policemen died," an official said.
The attack also injured five people,