Sri Lanka suicide attack condemned by US

Feb 09, 2009 (LBO) – The United States has condemned a Tamil Tiger suicide attack in northern Sri Lanka that killed 28 people and urged the rebels to let civilians move out of the war zone. “The United States condemns today’s suicide attack on a government centre that was registering internally displaced persons who had managed to exit the conflict area in northern Sri Lanka,” a US embassy statement said.

“This apparent effort by the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) to discourage Tamils from leaving the conflict area killed and wounded many Tamil civilians.”

A female Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew herself up Monday as she was being searched by soldiers outside a refugee camp near Vishwamadu, a northern area the military recently captured from the rebels, military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said.

The blast killed 20 soldiers, including three women soldiers, and eight civilians, and wounded 40 civilians.

The attack was apparently aimed at discouraging Tamil civilians from escaping from the war zone, which is now confined to a small pocket of territory where the rebels have been cornered by the army.

More than 100,000 civilians are believed to be trapped in the area, wi