Police in Sri Lanka say a Tamil Tiger activist and two Muslim security officers have been shot dead in separate incidents in the country's volatile eastern province.
Police say an unknown attacker shot and killed Vanniasingham Vigneswaran. He spearheaded the Tamil Resurgence Movement in Trincomalee. The movement is a known front organization of the Tamil Tiger rebels.
In a separate shooting, police say suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed two Muslim members of the country's "home guard" as they returned from night duty in Welikanda village, 250 kilometers northeast of the capital, Colombo.
The Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebels are preparing to meet from April 19 to 21 in Geneva for the second session in their latest round of peace talks.
The French news agency, AFP, quotes Norway's top Sri Lankan peace envoy as saying the talks will go ahead despite Friday's killings.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.