‘Controlled’ violence claims 29 lives in Sri Lanka

The latest wave of violence has claimed the lives of 17 troops and 12 others and the Sri Lankan government sought foreign help to salvage a tottering truce, but ceasefire monitors say the situation is “not out of control.” The latest wave of violence has claimed the lives of 17 troops and 12 others and the Sri Lankan government sought foreign help to salvage a tottering truce, but ceasefire monitors say the situation is “not out of control.” The Scandinavian-manned Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) said the recent escalation of violence in Jaffna was of “great concern to everyone,” and that it “strongly condemned” the “cowardly attacks.”

“However, the violence has not escalated out of control as of yet,” the SLMM chief Hagrup Haukland said in a statement. It did not say at what point the monitors would consider the situation out of control.

There had been at least two major Claymore mine attacks that killed 16 government soldiers and damaged the car of Swiss aid workers.

Even as the SLMM statement played down the level of violence while calling for direct negotiations between troops and the Tigers at field level, there was another explosion in Vavuniya town today, killing one man and wounding seven.

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