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Lanka on alert for black tiger day


Colombo : Sri Lankan security forces have been put on high alert ahead of the 20th anniversary of the first-ever Tamil Tiger suicide attack, police said.

Troops are assisting the police in maintaining a high state of alert for Thursday's "Black Tiger" anniversary, a police spokesperson said here.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eealam (LTTE) staged their first suicide bombing by driving a water bowser fitted with explosives into an army camp at Nelliyadi in the Jaffna peninsula, killing 40 soldiers, twenty years ago.

Since then, LTTE has claimed several lives.

The guerrillas will mark the day with religious services and by displaying photographs of over 260 Black Tiger suicide cadres, who have carried out attacks in the past 20 years.