Four killed in attack on Tamil Tiger office in Sri Lanka

Unidentified attackers hurled grenades at an office belonging to Tamil Tiger rebels in northeast Sri Lanka, killing at least four people, a military official said. Unidentified attackers hurled grenades at an office belonging to Tamil Tiger rebels in northeast Sri Lanka, killing at least four people, a military official said. The attackers targeted the office of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the port city of Trincomalee, said the official, who declined to be named.

He said Sunday’s attack may have been launched by a breakaway rebel faction.

Tension has been rising in eastern Sri Lanka since a split in the LTTE in March last year. The Tigers have accused the government of supporting their rivals, a claim denied by the military.

The government in turn has accused the LTTE of killing hundreds of rivals and intelligence operatives despite a Norwegian-arranged truce in place since February 2002.

More than 60,000 people have been killed in Sri Lanka’s separatist since 1972.

The government and the rebels agreed to a ceasefire in 2002 that still holds. But Oslo-arranged peace talks remain on hold since April 2003 after six ro