LTTE attack on villagers raises tension

Agence France Presse

Colombo, June 22:

Tensions mounted in northeastern Sri Lanka today after suspected Tiger rebels attacked villagers as a Norwegian envoy held talks with the guerrillas on reviving talks, police said.

Suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam men lobbed a grenade at a motorcycle near Trincomalee, wounding two women and a man, a police official said. He said security was stepped up in the already tense area where residents attacked Scandinavian truce monitors on Saturday after the guerrillas killed a police intelligence operative. A policeman was abducted by Tiger rebels on Sunday while residents continued to protest the upsurge in violence in the area.

Meanwhile, in another report, Tamil rebel leader SP Thamilselvan accused the government of stalling a controversial plan to share the tsunami aid.