Police inspector shot dead after Clinton’s visit to Sri Lanka’s east

Suspected Tiger gunmen shot dead a police
officer in Sri Lanka’s troubled east today, hours after former US
president Bill Clinton visited the restive region, police said. Suspected Tiger gunmen shot dead a police
officer in Sri Lanka’s troubled east today, hours after former US
president Bill Clinton visited the restive region, police said. Inspector Jude Thyagarajah, 39, was shot dead as we went home in
the town of Batticaloa, about 40 kilometres north of the town of
Kalmunai where Clinton spent about an hour discussing tsunami relief
efforts, officials said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the authorities
suspected that Tamil Tiger rebels were behind the slaying.

There had been a spate of killings in the area following an
unprecedented split in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
since March last year.

Police and security forces had stepped up security in the region
for Clinton’s visit.

Clinton left here Saturday after an overnight visit as the UN
special envoy for tsunami relief work. He arrived in the Maldives and
is expected to travel to a tsunami-hit island Sunday before heading to
Indonesia. – PTI