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Two Gunmen Kill Sri Lankan Politician

Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed a Tamil politician opposed to them Sunday, fueling tensions a day after the murder of another politician and an ocean battle between government and rebels forces. Two alleged gunmen of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam shot Ponniah Ramachandran, a member of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party, police said. Ramachandran, 42, was a former rebel who renounced violence and joined the Sri Lankan political mainstream. His group rejects the rebels’ radical stand on Tamil autonomy. Also Sunday, a grenade exploded at a market in the Muslim-majority eastern Valachenai area, wounding four people. The motive behind the attack was not immediately known. Tamils and Muslims clashed in the area in June last year, said TamilNet, a Web site that reports on Tamil affairs. Full Story

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