Sri Lanka truce monitors to meet LTTE after latest attacks in Trincomalee

Apr.12 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s ceasefire monitors are due to meet with Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday after four blasts since Monday have killed 34 people, dimming hopes that the next weeks talks in Geneva may not get off the ground. A bomb fixed to a bicycle exploded in Trincomalee market Wednesday killing 13 people and injuring at least 50 others, hours after a Claymore fragmentation mine killed two constables in the same district, police said.

An indefinite curfew was clamped on the area as rioting erupted after the market blast. At least seven shops were torched and several vehicles damaged, police said.

The government blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for the blasts, though there was no reaction from them.

“The level of violence that erupted in Trincomalee today reflects the worsening situation in the entire country which primarily stems from the bad spirit and the mistrust which currently prevails between the two Parties,” the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) said in a statement Wednesday.

SLMM chief, Major General Ulf Henricsson, who was traveling in Trincomalee today hopes to meet the LTTE’s political leader S P Tamilselvam tomorrow to discuss the upsurge in violence.

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