Sri Lanka slaps curfew on port town after suicide attack

COLOMBO, Oct 18, 2006 (AFP) – Authorities imposed an indefinite curfew on Sri Lanka’s port town of Galle Wednesday after Tiger rebels launched a suicide bombing against a key naval base there, Media Minister Anura Yapa told AFP.

Police were ordering people off the streets and traffic was being diverted, the minister said, adding that security forces had undertaken a search operation to look for possible Tiger rebels.

The curfew was put in place partly because of fears that majority Sinhalese mobs could target minority Tamils in the area following the Tamil Tiger attack on the main harbour, where a naval facility is located.

At least two people were killed and 10 others wounded in the early stages of the attack in Galle, a popular destination with foreign tourists.