Attacks in Jaffna continue
On Tuesday, six Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers and an SLA official were killed in a Claymore mine attack on a SLA tractor in Irupalai.
The attack is the latest in a serious of tit-for-tat violence between civilians and the 40, 000 strong SLA soldiers occupying the district.
Violence sparked off on Thursday after two civilians were murdered by SLA intelligence personals, civilian sources claimed.
Today’s attack is believed to a reprisal to the attacks on the students of Heartly College and Methodist Girls School by the SLA on Monday.
Jaffna residents have made it clear on several occasions that unless the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) acts to curb arbitrary violence by the SLA; they will take matters into their own hands.
Although the attacks at the school premises yesterday were reported to the SLMM, it had no effect.
A meeting scheduled between LTTE and SLA officials yesterday was called off by the Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat in Colombo.