Tamil rebels fire at 4 military camps in east, 2 Tamils killed in north
Sat November 11, 2006 22:58 EST .
Associated Press Writer
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's civil strife left two more ethnic Tamil civilians shot dead, and Tamil Tiger rebels separately fired artillery at four military camps, officials and rebels said Sunday.
Near-daily attacks and killings are rising in the country, though both sides say a 2002 cease-fire _ which had halted its two decades of civil war _ is still in place.
``They (the Tigers) used artillery and fired at our camps in Batticaloa'' late Saturday, said military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe. Batticaloa is a city in eastern Sri Lanka.
Samarasinghe said the military retaliated, but it was not immediately known if the insurgents suffered any casualties. The military camps have bunkers where soldiers take refuge from artillery fire.
In a separate incident over the weekend, unidentified assailants fatally shot Tamil civilians Alaharsamy Saravanakumar and Jesudas Sabaratnam, both 35, in the northern city of Jaffna, the pro-rebel TamilNet Web site reported.
The motive behind the shootings was not immediately known.
Two other Tamil civilians had been killed on Friday in Jaffna and the northern town of Vavuniya following the assassination the same day of Nadaraja Raviraj, a member of the pro-rebel Tamil National Alliance political party, as he left his house in the capital, Colombo.
His bodyguard was also killed in the incident.
Reclusive Tiger rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran honored the slain lawmaker with the tile ``Great Human Being,'' awarded posthumously to prominent people who support the rebels' cause.
``A great soul who carried the ideal of the liberation of our homeland as a burning flame in his heart has been made a victim of the Sinhala oppression,'' Prabhakaran said Saturday in a statement posted on rebels' main Web site.
He was referring to Sri Lanka's ethnic Sinhalese majority, who dominate the government and armed forces. The Tamil Tigers began fighting in 1983 in a bid to carve out a separate homeland in the country's north and east for the minority Tamils, citing discrimination.
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Published: Sun Nov 12 00:15:21 EST 2006