Sri Lankan military intelligence commander shot dead in Colombo

Suspected Tamil Tiger guerrillas Tuesday shot
dead the commanding officer of a Sri Lankan army intelligence unit as he
drove to his office in Colombo, the military said. Suspected Tamil Tiger guerrillas Tuesday shot
dead the commanding officer of a Sri Lankan army intelligence unit as he
drove to his office in Colombo, the military said. A gunman shot dead Major Nizam Mutalif, 39, during the morning rush hour
along a main highway in the capital, a military spokesman said adding that
they suspected the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was responsible.

“It is obvious that this is the work of the LTTE,” Brigadier Daya
Ratnayake said. “We have begun a joint police and army investigation.”

There was no immediate reaction from the guerrillas to the allegations.

Mutalif, the commanding officer of the First Military Intelligence Corps,
is the most senior military officer to be killed since the government and
Tamil Tiger rebels entered into a ceasefire in February 2002.

The Tamil Tigers have accused military intelligence of supporting a
faction of the rebels that broke away from the main group in March last
year.

The military, which has lo