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Tamil Tigers mark 'martyr' day

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers in the north of the country are marking Black Tiger Day – the annual commemoration of suicide bombers who have died during the past two decades of conflict. This is the second time the rebel organisation has honoured those who died in its elite suicide squads since the ceasefire was signed nearly 18 months ago, and it comes at a time when the peace seems increasingly fragile. The Sri Lankan army has stepped up security in the area and the Norwegian peace monitors say they are keeping a vigilant eye on the events to mark this day. Jaffna Town on the Sri Lankan Government’s held side of the northern peninsula is covered with red and yellow flags – the colours of the Tamil Tigers. Nearly every shop is flying them and the streets are lined with flags and banners of the organisations. Fly posted all over the walls are posters depicting members of the elite suicide core – the Black Tigers. Full Story

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