Sri Lanka troops kill suspected Tiger suicide bomber

May 8, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lankan troops shot dead a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber in the north of the island on Tuesday as ground battles raged elsewhere in the region, a military official said. Security forces killed the man who was riding a motorcycle in Vavuniya district. An official, speaking from the area by telephone, said troops found a pack of explosives, a pistol and a grenade on the victim.

The shooting came as ground troops engaged in long-range attacks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The LTTE has waged a 35-year campaign for independence that has claimed more than 60,000 lives.

More than 4,800 people have been killed in the latest upsurge of fighting that began in December 2005. .