Rebel fighting kills two more in Sri Lanka

At least two people were killed in Sri Lanka’s restive eastern province Friday in what military officials described as escalating rebel factional fighting. At least two people were killed in Sri Lanka’s restive eastern province Friday in what military officials described as escalating rebel factional fighting. A breakaway faction of the Tamil Tigers clashed with the main rebel outfit in the eastern region of Mahindapura early Friday, leaving at least one dead and several injured, a military official here said.

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerrillas were accused of killing a rival in the town of Kathankudi overnight, officials said, adding that three more people had been wounded in another shooting in the same province.

A regional commander of the LTTE led an unprecedented split in March last year and since then there have been clashes between the two groups.

Sri Lanka’s peace broker Norway has warned that the internecine clashes were undermining efforts to resolve the island’s long-running ethnic conflict which claimed more than 60,000 lives between 1972 and 2002.

Government forces and the Tigers have been observing a truc