A lorry laden with explosives rammed into 15 Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) vehicles and buses with more than 150 SLN troopers, at Digampatana in Habarana, 80 km southwest of Trincomalee, killing at least 70 troopers, Sri Lanka military sources in Colombo said. The blast, believed to be a suicide mission, has taken place around 1:40 p.m. Monday.
13 vehicles were damaged in the blast, initial reports said.
Tens of wounded troopers were rushed to Dambulla and nearby hospitals.
Troopers with serious injuries were airlifted to Colombo.
Habarana, located 16 km west of Minneriya, where a Sri Lanka Army base is situated, is also a tourist site among the ancient city ruins and wildlife jungles in North Central Province.