Security stepped up after bombing of Sri Lankan port

GALLE, Sri Lanka, Oct 19, 2006 (AFP) – Police and troops stepped up security in Sri Lanka’s port city of Galle Thursday, one day after a bold suicide attack that killed at least two people, a police official said. Additional troop reinforcements were poured into the area while military patrols were also stepped up, even as a night curfew was eased early Thursday, local police chief Keerthi de Silva said.

He said 11 people had been detained for questioning by police for breaking the curfew as well as for possible involvement with the bombing in Galle, a popular tourist destination located 110 kilometres (70 miles) south of Colombo.

A sailor and a civilian were killed when the Tigers rammed explosives-laden boats into three naval craft and sank them.

A pro-rebel website reported that two Tiger boats successfully went ashore and militants carried out rocket-propelled grenade attacks against the harbour while the suicide bombing was underway.

Police said they believed four or five Tigers may have escaped after the attack.

The security boost in Galle came amid fears of inter-communal tensions, the officer said, adding that police opened fire and wounded three men Wednesday to prevent rioting between