Sri Lanka on alert for Tiger attack anniversary

July 3, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lankan security forces are on high alert as Tamil Tiger rebels this week mark the 20th anniversary of their first-ever suicide attack with the threat of unleashing more deadly strikes. “We are also seeking public cooperation for information regarding suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods.” The island’s prime minister has underlined fears that the ethnic Tamil guerrillas could be planning to celebrate with a bang, following the discovery in recent weeks of two trucks, each crammed with around a tonne of explosives.

“The explosives in the truck were enough to destroy half of Colombo,” Ratnasiri Wickremanayake told reporters shortly after the first truck bomb was found before it was detonated.

In their northern de facto state, the Tigers will light coconut oil lamps and hold Hindu services for at least 260 rebels — more than a quarter of them women — who have blown themselves up in the name of an independent homeland.

The first of these “Black Tigers” was a rebel known as Captain Miller, who drove a truck bomb into an army camp in the Jaffna peninsula on July 5, 1987, killing 40 soldiers.

Initially inspired by Islamic militants in the Middle East, the Liberation