Sri Lanka alert as Tigers warn of ship sinking's 'grave consequences'
Sri Lankan troops stepped up an alert as Tamil Tiger rebels warned of “grave consequences” after accusing the navy of sinking one of its merchant vessels with 12 crew on board. Military bases in the embattled northern and eastern regions as well as police in the capital strengthened security as a precautionary measure, officials said Sunday, while there was fresh violence in the east of the country. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels shot dead a former militant in the Batticaloa district, while in another incident in the same area a grenade attack wounded seven people, local officials said. The killing came a day after the Tigers were accused of assassinating a top regional politician in the northern peninsula of Jaffna and were involved in a stand off with the navy. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said the Sri Lankan navy had sunk an “oil tanker” on Saturday in international waters where they had no authority to open fire. Full Story