Sri Lanka braces for high-profile funeral, toll hits six

Fresh violence claimed six more lives in Sri Lanka Monday as Tamil Tiger rebels prepared for the funeral of a Tamil legislator gunned down during Christmas Mass. Fresh violence claimed six more lives in Sri Lanka Monday as Tamil Tiger rebels prepared for the funeral of a Tamil legislator gunned down during Christmas Mass. A police constable was killed when suspected rebels launched a pre-dawn rocket-propelled grenade attack on Puttur police station in the eastern district of Batticaloa, where the lawmaker was murdered on Sunday, police said.

An officer said police fired back and killed two Tiger rebels in the same district in a separate confrontation Monday, while a Muslim civilian had been killed in an adjoining area.

Two more civilians were killed by unidentified attackers in the neighbouring Trincomalee district on Monday, police said, adding that all incidents appeared to be linked to the ethnic conflict.

The latest violence brought to 70 the number of people killed this month in violence linked to the decades-old ethnic conflict despite a truce between troops and Tamil Tiger rebels.

The attack on the legislator came hours after Sri L