Senior military intelligence shot dead outside popular clothing store

Sri Lankan Police forming a human chain in parliament to protect the Speaker and enable a vote.

Suspected Tamil Tigers on Saturday shot dead a senior military intelligence operative working with the army in a daylight attack that shattered the holiday calm of a popular shopping district in the heart of the capital. Suspected Tamil Tigers on Saturday shot dead a senior military intelligence operative working with the army in a daylight attack that shattered the holiday calm of a popular shopping district in the heart of the capital. Yogarajan had been among the first Tamil militant youths trained in a camp run by Indian intelligence in South India at a time when India supported Sri Lanka’s Tamil rebels, a spokesman for the organization he belonged to at that time said.

According to well-informed sources, the LTTE suspected Yogarajan of being deeply involved in a suspected plot to take advantage of internecine fighting within Tiger ranks following the breakaway of the LTTE’s eastern commander Karuna in March.

Less than a week ago, the Tigers shot dead eight Karuna loyalists, including his chief lieutenant, in a safe house near Colombo.

The army has denied interfering in the LTTE’s internal fighting but the Tigers insist that elements in the military are assisting Karuna, now underground, an allegation r