Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tamil Tigers-Down But Not Out

At least two people have been killed and 11 others injured in a roadside bomb attack in eastern Sri Lanka.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which is facing a major government military offensive in the north, is suspected of being responsible for Wednesday's blast, police officials said.

The explosion occurred in the town of Batticaloa, about 300km east of Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital.

A policemen and another civilian were killed in the blast when a bomb planted on a bicyle went off.

Children injured

Eleven civilians, including six children, were also injured, according to police officials.

The LTTE could not be reached for comment.

The attack came a day after govenment forces killed around 16 Tiger fighters in a naval attack near Mullativu, the fighters' last base, off the northeastern coast of the country.

Sri Lanka's military has captured much of the Tiger's territory in recent weeks with Kilinochchi, the Tiger's de facto capital, falling earlier this month.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's president, has said that his troops are now on the verge of victory and that he will not accept anything short of total surrender from the Tigers.

Source Al Jazeera English
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