Four more killed in Sri Lanka violence

Apr. 20 (AFP) – At least four people were killed in Sri Lanka on Thursday as a Norwegian peace envoy headed for talks with Tamil Tiger rebels on saving the island’s ceasefire, officials said. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels shot dead a rival activist in the eastern town of Batticaloa on Thursday and fought a gun battle with government forces in the neighbouring district of Trincomalee, a defence official said.

The body of a suspected Tiger rebel together was found with a hand grenade at Kinniya in the Trincomalee district, the official said, adding that a government soldier was wounded in the firefight.

Two more dead bodies were found at Maharambakulam in Vavuniya district, the military said, but their identities had not been established.

The latest killings came as Norway’s peace envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer headed for talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leadership in the island’s north, in what diplomatic sources said was a bid to save truce talks.

The talks have been re-scheduled for next Monday in Switzerland.

The Norwegian emissary met Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake on Tuesday and had talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera the following da