Deadly clashes have broken out in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna province, as Asian and European diplomats rushed into emergency talks with Tamil Tiger rebels in hopes of salvaging an already shaky ceasefire.
Sri Lankan military officials say four gunmen were killed when soldiers responded to an ambush Saturday evening. At least one soldier was wounded in the firefight. Officials say grenade launchers and other weapons were recovered after the gunbattle.
The violence is just the latest in a series of deadly outbreaks since rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran threatened to resume his struggle for an independent Tamil homeland if the government fails to address Tamil grievances.
Diplomats from Japan, Norway and the European Union spent Saturday in the rebel-held northern town of Kilinochchi , 330 kilometers north of the capital, Colombo with Tamil political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan, in hopes of starting peace talks and stopping the violence. Specifics of the talks were not immediately available.