Five killed in Sri Lanka violence

June 11, 2006 (AFP) – At least five people were shot dead in Sri Lanka’s restive northeast port district of Trincomalee and the main city of Colombo at the weekend, military officials said Sunday. In the northeast, two wood-cutters were shot dead at Manirasakulam while two people, including a student, were gunned down in nearby Muttur Saturday, a military official said adding Tiger rebels were believed responsible for the killings.

The fifth man was shot dead in Colombo’s Wellawatte area where minority Tamils are concentrated, police said.

There was no immediate reaction from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The latest killings came as peace broker Norway failed to arrange a meeting between the Tigers and the Sri Lankan government to discuss the safety of Scandinavians monitoring a tattered four-year ceasefire. More than 60,000 people have been killed in Sri Lanka’s drawn out Tamil separatist conflict in the past three decades.