Tit-for-Tat Violence Inches Sri Lanka Back to Civil War

In retaliation for a suicide bomb attack on the headquarters of Sri Lanka’s army, the military launched air attacks on Tamil Tiger targets in the northeast of the country, causing thousands of people to seek safety in the jungle.

The suicide attack on 25 April seriously wounded the head of the army, Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka, who was installed after Mahinda Rajapakse became President. Fonseka has taken a hard line against the Tamil Tigers. This was the first suicide attack in Colombo since July 2004.

The co-chairs of the Sri Lankan peace process have called an emergency meeting, even as efforts continued to persuade the Tigers to return to planned peace talks in Geneva.

Related Links:

“Thousands Flee Sri Lanka Strikes,” BBC News Online, 26 April 2006.
Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4946730.stm, and
“Bomb Targets Sri Lanka Army Chief,” BBC News Online, 25 April 2006.
Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4941744.stm.