Fresh violence erupts in Sri Lanka as Tigers tour Europe

At least three people were critically wounded when suspected Tamil Tiger rebels threw a grenade into the office of a rival group in eastern Sri Lanka Friday, military officials said. At least three people were critically wounded when suspected Tamil Tiger rebels threw a grenade into the office of a rival group in eastern Sri Lanka Friday, military officials said. The attack was the latest in a spate of violent incidents between the Tiger rebels and a breakaway faction that Scandinavian truce monitors fear could result in the collapse of a ceasefire.

The victims were inside the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) office in the restive town of Batticaloa, 300 kilometres (187 miles) east of Colombo, officials said.

“The PLOTE office had police guards, but the attacker managed to throw a grenade and escape,” the military official in Batticaloa said by telephone.

Other officials said arrangements were being made to airlift the victims to Colombo for treatment.

At least 10 people have been killed in separate incidents in the eastern province in what the military described as an upsurge in rebel internecine clashes.

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