Sri Lanka cracks down on Tamils

Arrests in president's constituency after pledge to fight "terrorism".

    Sri Lanka's president has stepped up security [AFP]
    Police were also stepping up checks on all vehicles entering the coastal district in the deep south of the island after fears that Tamil Tigers may smuggle explosives into the area for attacks, he said.
     
    Crush 'terrorism'
     
    The heightened security came after Mahinda Rajapakse, the president, vowed to crush "terrorism" as his troops dismantled a de facto separate state run by Tamil Tigers in the island's east.
     
    Rajapakse said the military had the strength to cope with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which has been waging a decades-old campaign for independence.
     
    "Terrorism that many once swore cannot be defeated is now crouching in fear because we faced up to that challenge," Rajapakse said.
     
    "Our security forces have the ability, will and strength to defeat terrorism. Trust in them for they have proved it in the east [of the island]."
     
    Government forces captured the main rebel bastion of Vakarai in the island's eastern district of Batticaloa on Friday, and the military said security forces were dismantling structures erected by the rebels.
     
    Police are maintaining a high state of alert in and around the capital, Colombo, with several roads closed to traffic and parking restrictions across the city to prevent vehicle bomb attacks after a spate of blasts last year.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.