Police open fire to quell rioting after Sri Lanka port attack

Oct 18, 2006 (AFP) – Police opened fire and wounded three people Wednesday in a bid to quell rioting in the southern Sri Lankan town of Galle after Tiger rebels staged a suicide bombing against the naval port there, officials said. Mobs tried to attack shops owned by minority Tamil businessmen at Kittangi, a suburb of Galle, 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of the capital Colombo, a police official said.

“We have opened fire and wounded three people and after that the situation is under control,” the police officer told AFP from Galle. “We are strictly enforcing the curfew now.” The authorities introduced an indefinite curfew after Tamil Tiger rebels in five boats attacked the main naval base at Galle.