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 Post subject: Sri Lanka On Security Alert As Tamil Tigers Warn Of War
 Post Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 1:47 am 
Sri Lanka On Security Alert As Tamil Tigers Warn Of War

07-12-05 01:05 AM EST

COLOMBO (AP)--Tamil Tiger rebels have warned their patience was running out and were being forced to resume war as security forces went on alert for a second day Tuesday in Sri Lanka's volatile east.

The warning came after two senior Tamil Tiger rebels and two civilians were gunned down by unidentified assailants on Sunday in Sri Lanka's strategic port- town of Trincomalee, about 230 kilometers northeast of Colombo.

"We cannot exercise patience while our cadres and civilians are being killed, maimed and threatened by the military intelligence wing in the military controlled areas," S. P. Thamilselvan, the rebel's political head said in a letter to Hagrup Haukland, the cease-fire monitoring chief.

"Such attacks, continuing to take place in the current confused climate, are a serious threat to the stability of the cease-fire agreement," Thamilselvan said in the letter.

Meanwhile, schools, shops and offices were closed and transport interrupted in Trincomalee to mark a general shutdown to protest Sunday's killings.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires


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