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Sri Lankan Security Forces on High Alert in the Restive East

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Sri Lankan security forces have been put on high alert in the restive east following a surge in attacks on Tamil Tiger rebels that have threatened the country's fragile three-year truce.

The military blames the attacks on a breakaway faction of the Tamil Tigers, and the rebels blame the military.

On Wednesday, the rebels began shutting down political offices in government-controlled areas, accusing authorities of failing to protect rebels traveling through those regions.

Dozens of Tiger rebels started pulling back Wednesday into rebel-held territory from the eastern cities of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara.

The rebels have demanded better protection since a bomb narrowly missed a bus carrying 41 rebels last month. Later, two senior rebels were gunned down. The rebels blame the military.
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