Sri Lanka ‘must probe’ killings

Amnesty International has urged the Sri Lankan government to investigate fully a spate of killings of civilians.

The human rights group noted “a disturbing pattern of incomplete or ineffective investigations by the government” into such violence.

The appeal came after 13 Tamil civilians, two of them young children, were shot dead near Jaffna on Saturday.

Things are tilting seriously towards civil war. There are three players; the government, the Tamil Tigers, and the Karuna Faction. The Tigers are considered among the best equipped and trained insurgents anywhere, not to mention a well-deserved reputation for being ruthless. The Karuna Faction is headed by a former high ranking general who split from the Tigers and now operates on his own. Both the Tigers and Karuna have several thousand troops, control parts of the countryside, and engage in guerilla warfare.