President appeals for calm as Sri Lanka violence escalates

Sri Lanka’s president has appealed for calm in the restive northeast where bomb attacks have left four dead and more than a dozen wounded since the weekend, and vowed to take tough action against the perpetrators Sri Lanka’s president has appealed for calm in the restive northeast where bomb attacks have left four dead and more than a dozen wounded since the weekend, and vowed to take tough action against the perpetrators President Chandrika Kumaratunga said she had ordered “specific measures” to bring the situation in the coastal district of Trincomalee under control after an upsurge of violence following the slaying of four Tiger rebels on Sunday.

“Several specific measures and systems have been put in place to arrest and remedy the situation and the respective security forces commanders have been instructed to directly oversee the implementation,” a statement from her office said without elaborating.

Her comments came as suspected Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday ambushed and wounded a police officer in the Trincomalee district, hours after nine soldiers were injured in a similar attack, according to police reports.

Gunmen opened fire at the police inspector while he rode a motorcycle at Thampalakamam,