Two men shot dead in Sri Lanka capital may be linked to rebel factional feud

Unidentified gunmen shot dead two men in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo Sunday in killings that may be linked to factional fighting among Tamil rebels, a defence ministry spokesman said. The victims, both residents from the island’s northern peninsula of Jaffna, were gunned down in Colombo’s Kotahena area on Sunday morning, the spokesman said.

“Police have found four identity cards on the two men and it is possible this killing is linked to clashes among Tiger factions,” the spokesman said.

Another man was shot dead in the island’s eastern Valachchenai area on Saturday night, the spokesman said, adding that the victim appeared to be a loyalist of a Tamil Tiger breakaway leader.

There has been increased violence in the island’s eastern area, as well as in Colombo, following a split in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in March last year.

Peace talks between Colombo and the LTTE remain on hold since April 2003, but both sides have agreed to abide by a truce that is in place since February 23, 2002. – AFP Unidentified gunmen shot dead two men in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo Sunday in killings that may be linked to factional fighting among Tamil rebels, a d