Sri Lanka announces tighter security after suicide bombing

June 26, 2006 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s military Monday announced it will bring back tighter security measures across the country following the assassination of a top army general by a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber. Security forces will re-activate all measures that were in place before the February 2002 ceasefire between the government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the military said in a statement.

“Accordingly, the troops serving at all points including new ones will conduct thorough checking with immediate effect after re-introducing road barriers and other checkpoints, as deemed necessary,” the statement said.

It did not specify what measures would be brought back and it was not clear if they would implement a strict permit system that screened residents leaving rebel-held areas to travel to the rest of the island before the truce.

Sri Lanka is currently under a state of emergency imposed a day after the Tigers were blamed for the August 2005 assassination of foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.

The emergency gives sweeping powers to the police and security forces to carry out search operations and detain suspects for as long as a month without charge.

The island had