Tamil rebels attack breakaway group in Sri Lanka, four killed

Other News Materials 28 October 2008 15:10 (UTC +04:00)

Tamil rebels attacked an office of a breakaway group, killing four persons in eastern Sri Lanka where the military regained control after nearly a year of fighting, military officials said Tuesday.

The office in Chenkalady, Batticaloa, 240 kilometres east of the capital, was manned by 10 members of the Tamil People's Liberation Tigers (TMVP) when it came under attack early Tuesday.

The attackers took automatic weapons, and six people who were in the office are reported missing, military officials said, reported dpa.

TMVP sources said they suspected the six missing people were moles of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and may have helped to carry out the attack.

The TMVP broke away from the LTTE in 2004 and offered its support to the government. Party leader Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, a former rebel commander also known as Karuna, was appointed member of Parliament early this month.

The TMVP backed the military in its operations in 2006 to recapture parts of the eastern province held by the rebels. Army troops are now waging an offensive to recapture rebel-controlled areas in the north.