The Tamil Tiger rebel internecine warfare continued in the Eastern province, defense officials said Friday.
At least three Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) mainstream members had died when the renegade faction headed by Karuna attacked them at Verugal in the eastern port district of Trincomalee around 9:30 p.m. local time (1530 GMT) Thursday, defense officials here said.
The Karuna faction attacked a sentry point of the main stream group by using rocket propelled grenades and small arms.
However the LTTE mainstream Trincomalee leader Elilan had said that only one of their members was killed in the attack.
The LTTE rebels have demanded the disarming of the Karuna faction as one of the main demands during last month's face to face talks in Geneva.
They allege that the Karuna faction operates in the Eastern province in collusion with the government troops - a charge denied vehemently by the government.
The rebels meanwhile under the front organization the Tamil Resurgence Force staged a shut down protest in the port town of Trincomalee Friday demanding action to implement the agreements reached in Geneva.
The residents said that Tamil owned shops and businesses remained closed while public transport came to be affected.
However the businesses run by the majority Sinhala community in the multi ethnic town remained open, the police said.