The Tamil Tigers are taking a leaf of the Iraqi book, by resorting to roadside bombs. They have set anti-personnel mines to blast military convoys.
Observers reckon that the civil war will resume pretty soon. There has been a ceasefire since 2002, brokered by Norway. Sri Lanka authorities have blamed the Tigers for continuously violating the ceasefire in attacks that have killed 45 government soldiers just this month.
The Tigers have fought the Sri Lanka government for more than 20 years in an effort to secure a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, because of alleged discrimination by the native Sinhalese. The war has already caused 65,000 lives including that of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India, who was killed by a female Tamil tiger suicide bomber.
I reckon the Tigers were the insurgents that developed suicide bombing into a fine murderous art. This tactic was adopted by the Palestinians and Iraqis. It has now come full circle with the Tigers now adopting an Iraqi insurgent tactic – that of roadside bombs that have killed hundreds of American troops in Iraq.