There was no indication Muslims were specifically targeted yesterday.
However, the Tamil Tigers used violence to drive many Muslims and ethnic Sinhalese, who are mainly Buddhist, from areas dominated by Tamils, who are mostly Hindu.
In one of the bloodiest incidents, suspected rebels attacked a mosque in an eastern town in 1990 with guns, grenades and machetes, killing 140 worshippers.
From 2004 to 2007, nine Haitian children were exploited by a child sex ring involving at least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers, according to an internal UN report obtained by The Associated Press.
Often the children were given cookies or a few dollars in exchange for sex.
Many speak Tamil but the community has largely stayed out of the war.
With most communication to the north severed, rebel spokesmen could not be reached for comment.
The Haitian girl known Victim No 1 was 12 when she first had sex with a Sri Lankan peacekeeper. The boy, known as Victim No 9, was 15 when his ordeal began.
Over the course of three years, he said he had sex with more than 100 Sri Lankan peacekeepers, averaging about four a day.Officials claimed the rebels had grown desperate in the face of an army offensive that has driven them close to defeat after more than 25 years of civil war.If the assault was carried out by the Tigers, it shows that the guerrillas can still launch strikes far from their traditional strongholds in the north and east even as they face battlefield defeat.The Haitian children had made a home for themselves at Habitation Leclerc, a resort was once well-known in the 1980s throughout Port-au-Prince as a lush refuge amid the capital’s grimy alleyways.By 2004, the years the peacekeepers arrived, the resort was a decrepit clutch of buildings and several children, either orphaned or abandoned by their parents, were living in its ruins.They were covered with blood and flesh, and the wounded people were screaming,' Ahamed Nafri, 29, said by telephone from the hospital in the nearby town of Matara.