Police under attack in Sri Lanka
Police officers shot and critically injured in Jaffna
17th Wednesday 12.30
One Police Sergeant and a Police Constable investigating the case of assassinated DIG Charles Wijeyawardana were shot and critically injured by the Tamil tigers at Kaladdy in Kokkuvil, a suburb of Jaffna, Wednesday around 10:00 a.m, Police said.
They were fired upon by LTTE cadres who were inside a house that was searched on Wednesday (17) morning. A Police team on a tip-off swooped on the suspicious house in order to search for a suspect allegedly connected to the murder of the DIG. During the search, another LTTE man who was inside the house has suddenly fired at the Police team causing serious injuries to two of the Police officers. The LTTE man who shot the officers has escaped by running towards the adjoining Jaffna university premises.
Police Sergeant THILAKARATNE and Police Constable HAMEED, who received serious injuries, were rushed to the JAFFNA hospital for treatment and later airlifted to COLOMBO since their condition was critical.
The rest of the Police team was able to apprehend the LTTE suspect involved in the brutal killing of DIG CHARLES WIJEWARDENE a few weeks earlier.
Sources says that the Jafna Police and army has launched a joined operation to take in to custody the person who involved this murder.
Attacks on police in eastern Sri Lanka
Police in eastern Sri Lanka had come under attack in two separate incidents, police sources said Wednesday.
In the first reported attack, a sergeant and a constable were injured when a police foot patrol was subject to a grenade attack at Batticaloa around 8:30 p.m. local time (1430 GMT) Tuesday.
The second attack on the police was on a police post at Sammanthurai in the neighboring Ampara district.
An unidentified group had opened fire at the post but no injuries have been reported.
In a separate incident which happened around 1:30 a.m. (1930 GMT) an office belonging to the Eelam People's Democratic Party ( EPDP) in the northern town of Jaffna came under a grenade attack, injuring one person, police said.
The EPDP is a rival party to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The incidents go on unabated despite the government clamping a state of emergency which gives sweeping powers to the security forces to arrest and detain people.
The emergency regulations were imposed on Saturday following the alleged Tamil Tiger assassination of foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.
Sri Lanka's parliament is to meet on a special session on Thursday to ratify the regulations.
Kadirgamar, a Tamil, was a prime LTTE target as he spearheaded a campaign to initiate an international ban on the LTTE.
The government has rejected LTTE denial of involvement in the murder.