Killing sparks fresh fears for Sri Lanka truce amid appeal for calm

Sri Lankan troops shot dead a suspected Tamil rebel Thursday, officials said, heightening tensions hours after the president appealed for calm amid fears of a faltering ceasefire. Sri Lankan troops shot dead a suspected Tamil rebel Thursday, officials said, heightening tensions hours after the president appealed for calm amid fears of a faltering ceasefire. Navy sailors exchanged fire with a group of suspected Tamil Tiger rebels at Kumurupiddi in restive Trincomalee district, killing one and wounding another, a military official said.

Spokesman Daya Ratnayake said security forces recovered the body of the rebel together with an automatic weapon used in a gun battle.

The latest incident added to tensions in the region where bomb attacks have killed four people and wounded more than a dozen others since the weekend while police reinforcements were rushed to the area.

President Chandrika Kumaratunga said she had ordered “specific measures” to bring the situation in the coastal district under control after an upsurge of violence following the killing of four Tiger rebels on Sunday.

“Several specific measures and systems have been put in place to arrest and remed