Civilians must be protected after latest bombing in Colombo
The civilians were reportedly killed while members of the LTTE --
armed with rocket-propelled grenades -- shot indiscriminately through busy
traffic. The LTTE members were fleeing after a failed attack thought to
have been aimed at an as yet unidentified dignitary returning from
'Both the security forces and the LTTE must respect the lives of
civilians in the area,' Amnesty International said.
Hundreds of security force personnel are currently searching for the
four LTTE members suspected of involvement in the attack and reported to be
hiding in a large apartment complex in the area. To Amnesty International's
knowledge, no civilians have been so far moved out of these apartments.
'Under international humanitarian standards all parties to a conflict
must refrain from direct attacks on civilians or indiscriminate attacks and
are obliged to take all necessary measures to prevent civilian casualties,'
Amnesty International said.