Sri Lanka troops kill emerging Tiger leaders

Agence France-Presse . Colombo

Sri Lanka’s military on Friday shot dead three men they believed were trying to revive the separatist Tamil Tiger movement five years after its defeat, a spokesman said.
Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said troops killed the three, including a man they identified as a local leader of the Tigers, as they tried to escape a military cordon in a jungle area of the former war zone to the south of Jaffna.
‘They tried to break the cordon and we opened fire and killed three people,’ Wanigasooriya said. He did not say if there were any troop casualties.
However, he said the military believed two of those killed were suspects wanted in connection with the shooting and injuring of a police officer last month in the island’s north.

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