Tension remains high in Sri Lanka's northern town of Jaffna where one civilian was killed in riots that followed an accident in which a military vehicle killed a 12-year old girl. The civilian was killed when riot squads opened fire to control the violence sparked by the accident. The riot squads were brought in when hundreds of people gathered to demand that the driver be punished. Protesters threw stones at air force vehicles and attempted to set fire to an army checkpoint. The area is the cultural capital to most of the island's Tamils, and is also the scene of two decades of fighting between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels. The conflict claimed more than 60,000 lives before a 2002 cease-fire went into effect.