Curfew in Trincomalee after grenade attack

COLOMBO, NOV. 29. Curfew was imposed on Sri Lanka's eastern Trincomalee town and its suburbs today following a grenade attack this morning, in which one person was killed. The Army was deployed and additional troops are being rushed to the sensitive town, which has been rocked by sporadic clashes between Sinhalese and Tamils and a continued deterioration in the law and order situation since late last week.

The Sri Lankan Chief of Staff, Daya Sandagiri, and the Army commander, Shantha Kottegoda, rushed to Trincomalee this evening for an on-the-spot assessment on the instructions of the President, Chandrika Kumaratunga.

The security and law and order situation in Trincomalee, 257 km northeast of Colombo, is crucial to the continuation of the ceasefire agreement as the town is close to areas controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and Muslim majority towns.

The 1995 truce between the Government and the rebels was broken after an LTTE attack on the Trincomalee port.

Last Saturday, in his Heroes' Day speech, the LTTE leader, V. Prabakaran, said the rebels had "reached the limits of patience" and warned of resuming the "liberation struggle" unless the Government started `unconditional' talks based on its proposal for self-rule.

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