Fresh killing raises tension in Sri Lanka

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

An unidentified gunman shot dead a Tamil political activist in Sri Lanka’s restive northeast on Monday, further fuelling tension in the region. An unidentified gunman shot dead a Tamil political activist in Sri Lanka’s restive northeast on Monday, further fuelling tension in the region. Wijedasan Wijendran was gunned down as he returned from a Hindu temple in the town of Trincomalee, police said, adding that they suspected Tamil Tiger rebels may have been responsible.

Security was tightened in the already strictly-guarded town after the shooting. The navy had previously raised an alert in the region.

The Sunday Times newspaper reported that the navy issued the alert amid fears of fresh attacks and warned that rebels could hit installations like Colombo’s port and Trincomalee’s harbour.

There have also been almost daily skirmishes between the main Tiger grouping, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and a renegade rebel faction in the northeast.

The LTTE has also been accused of targeting other rival Tamils. Monday’s victim is a member of the pro-government Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP).

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