Fresh Sri Lanka violence kills nine

May 27, 2007 (AFP) – Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels set off a road side bomb in eastern Sri Lanka Sunday, killing three civilians as six more people were killed in separate clashes, police said. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) blast blew up a truck, killing the three people at Thirukkovil, a police official said, adding that the vehicle had earlier been used by security forces.

In the north-eastern district of Trincomalee, naval troops shot dead three suspected Tamil Tiger rebels on Sunday, military officials said.

Earlier in the day, unidentified gunmen shot dead two people in northern Sri Lanka and security forces killed another suspected Tamil Tiger rebel in the east, the military said Sunday.

Police recovered the bullet-riddled bodies of the two men Sunday in the conflict-torn northern district of Vavuniya, 260 kilometres (160 miles) north of the capital Colombo, officials said.

The suspected Tamil Tiger rebel was shot dead by police commandos in the eastern district of Ampara, after he lobbed a grenade at security forces on Saturday.

The killings came as police opened a new station in nearby Kokkadicholai, an area run by the Liberation Tigers of Ta