Slain Sri Lanka spy chief buried under tight security

Sri Lanka’s senior most military intelligence officer killed since a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels was buried here Wednesday amid tight security, officials and witnesses said. Sri Lanka’s senior most military intelligence officer killed since a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels was buried here Wednesday amid tight security, officials and witnesses said. Troops and police stepped up security in the Colombo suburb of Dehiwala for the funeral of Major Nizam Mutalif, 39, the head of a military intelligence unit who was shot dead in the capital Tuesday, witnesses said.

Mutalif was gunned down as he drove to work and the military blamed the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for the killing. There was no immediate reaction from the guerrillas to the military allegations.

The Sri Lankan government in a statement Tuesday said it “strongly condemned the killing” and said it was a violation of the Norwegian-brokered truce that has been in place since February 23, 2002.

“This action is a contravention of both the letter and spirit of the ceasefire…,” the one-paragraph statement said. “The government is examining the full implication of this killing as it impacts