Tigers condemn attack on truce monitors ahead of diplomat visits

Jan 15 (AFP) – Tamil Tiger rebels Sunday condemned a bomb attack against Scandinavian truce monitors amid fears of more bloodshed ahead of high-level diplomatic visits seeking to pull Sri Lanka back from the brink of war. Jan 15 (AFP) – Tamil Tiger rebels Sunday condemned a bomb attack against Scandinavian truce monitors amid fears of more bloodshed ahead of high-level diplomatic visits seeking to pull Sri Lanka back from the brink of war. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said they were “extremely disturbed and concerned” about Saturday’s bomb attack in the eastern town of Batticaloa against the Norwegian-led Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM).

The pre-dawn bomb attack against the SLMM damaged four vehicles. A bomb attack on the same day in the island’s north killed two sailors, the defence ministry said.

The LTTE also complained to the SLMM about an attack by the Sri Lankan military on Friday that resulted in the deaths of two rebels in the northeastern district of Trincomalee.

The monitoring agency was established several weeks after the ceasefire went into effect on February 23, 2002, and has on several occasions had its vehicles attacked and its members threatened or even held against