'The information we have is that over 40 people were killed when they tried to escape. Victims include people from both Tamil and Muslim communities,' a spokesman for the People's Liberation Organistion of Tamil Eelam said.
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COLOMBO (AFP) - Suspected Tamil Tiger guerrillas lobbed grenades and opened fire on a crowded train in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday, killing more than 40 passengers, a political party said. Gunmen ambushed the Colombo-bound passenger train in Batticaloa district and ordered Muslim civilians out of the train, but when no one responded they lobbed grenades in and opened fire with automatic rifles.