Gunmen kill six in internecine clash in Sri Lanka

Gunmen shot dead at least six people in eastern Sri Lanka Saturday in what appeared to be worsening internecine clashes among Tamil Tiger rebels, military officials said. Gunmen shot dead at least six people in eastern Sri Lanka Saturday in what appeared to be worsening internecine clashes among Tamil Tiger rebels, military officials said. Gunmen burst into two homes at Sevanapitiya along the district border of Batticaloa and Polonnaruwa and carried out the killings, a military official in Batticaloa said by telephone.

They said the attack came on the same day that suspected Tamil Tiger rebels shot dead a rival and wounded another in Batticaloa.

The top woman leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) political wing in the eastern region was shot and wounded Monday, three weeks after the top political chief was gunned down together with five others.

The LTTE has accused para-military units working with security forces of being responsible for a spate of attacks against them.

Defence officials said suspected the latest killings to be retaliatory strikes for the recent violence against Tigers who are maintaining a truce with government for