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Last Updated: Friday, 20 August, 2004, 21:37 GMT 22:37 UK
Two Tamil Tiger rebels shot dead
By Chloe Arnold
BBC correspondent in Colombo

Tamil Tiger on east coast of Sri Lanka
The Tigers say a proxy war is being waged against them
Two Tamil Tiger rebels have been killed in Sri Lanka's Eastern Province.

Gunmen opened fire on the two men as they drove past on a motorbike on Friday. A third person was injured.

The rebels are blaming the attack on a rival faction led by Colonel Karuna, who split from the Tamil Tigers in the north in March.

The killings are the latest in a recent surge of violence between the two groups - and cast a shadow over the peace process in Sri Lanka.

The Tigers accuse the Sri Lankan military of supporting the breakaway leader and waging a covert war against them.

Norwegian peace brokers say the escalation of violence between Colonel Karuna's forces and the rebels in the north is the most serious threat to the peace talks since a ceasefire came into effect in February 2002.

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