Lanka steps up security, curfew lifted in Trincomalee
Sri Lankan government stepped up security amid fears that Tamil Tigers could carry out more bomb attacks against civilians.india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 16:26 IST
Sri Lankan government on Thursday stepped up security amid fears that Tamil Tigers could carry out more bomb attacks against civilians, even as it lifted the curfew imposed after the blast in a market in the north-eastern port town of Trincomalee that claimed 17 lives.
The government said the "usual measures" such as cancelling leaves of security forces were ordered despite the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year on Friday to strengthen security arrangements.
However, the curfew in the port town was lifted to allow people to get on with their new year shopping.
The death toll in Wednesday's vegetable market bombing rose to 17 and with that the number of people killed in bomb attacks this week alone reached 38, the government said.
Minister Rohitha Bogollegama, who is also the government's peace negotiator, said the Tigers appeared to have changed their strategy and had begun going for civilian targets.
The market bombing was the first attack against civilians since the Tigers were blamed for the assassination of industries minister CV Gunaratne in June 2000 when another 24 people were also killed.
First Published: Apr 13, 2006 16:26 IST