London, Apr 12: The Sri Lankan army has reportedly shot dead three men, suspected to be Tamil rebels.
The army said that it killed the men who were trying to revive the Tamil Tigers (LTTE), the separatist rebel group crushed by the military in 2009, the BBC reported.
The army said that the men were taking instructions from two LTTE leaders based in Europe, adding that it had acted on information from local people opposed to the revival of the LTTE.
However, civil society campaigners expressed their doubt on any such move indicating the revival of the separatist rebels.
Meanwhile, army spokesman, Brig Ruwan Wanigasooriya, said in a statement that the armed men had been shot dead by troops early on Friday when they tried to escape a jungle area where they were surrounded, the report added. (ANI)