Thursday, September 2, 1999 Published at 10:16 GMT 11:16 UK
World: South Asia
Bomb kills Sri Lanka militia leader
The Tamil Tigers have been acccused of several suicide-bombings
A pro-government Tamil militia leader in Sri Lanka has been killed in a bomb attack blamed on the Tamil Tiger rebels.
Two other people were also killed.
Last year, Mr Manikkadasan contested local elections and was elected a council member, but failed to become the mayor of Jaffna.
He has been accused of human rights of violations and of using violence against rivals as well as civilians.
Police said Mr Manikkadasan had been killed by a suicide bomber, but later reports say the blast was caused by a landmine.
The People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam accused the Tamil Tigers rebel movement of being behind the bombing.
A leader of the group, Dharmalingam Sidharthan, said the Tigers carried out the attack with the use of a claymore mine planted at Lucky House.
A BBC correspondent says if the attack was a result of an inside job, it would raise more questions of infiltrations within Tamil groups cooperating with the Sri Lankan government.
Last week, the human rights group, Amnesty International, called on the Tigers to stop targeting moderate politicians.
In a statement issued in Colombo, Amnesty said several Tamil politicians had received threatening letters and phone calls, and were at immediate risk of assassination.
The Tigers were widely blamed for the killing of the Tamil politician, Neelan Thiruchelvam, in a suicide bomb attack last month.