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APRIL 12, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 6

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Violence breaks out in restive northeastern Sri Lankan town after explosions, 16 dead
Associated Press, Wed April 12, 2006 13:40 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Authorities imposed a curfew on a restive northeast Sri Lankan town Wednesday after angry mobs clashed and set fire to shops following two explosions, officials said. At least 16 people were reportedly killed in the unrest and explosions. European cease-fire monitors warned that violence could spread across Sri Lanka - .

``There is a real danger that the violence that erupted today could spread throughout the country resulting in more innocent people dying if the two parties do not act quickly to bring the situation under control,'' the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission said in a statement.

The first mine blast on Wednesday struck a truck carrying policemen, killing at least two officers and wounding two others, said Senior Superintendent of Police Nihal Samarakoon.

Later, five people, including one soldier, were killed in the second explosion, said military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe. The attacks involved Claymore mines, which the rebels are known to use.

Local journalist Mangalanath Liyanaarachchi said he saw the second blast.

``The blast was a few meters (yards) away from me and I saw some people on the ground,'' said Liyanaarachchi. ``Then some boys started to run riot, stopping Tamils and attacking them.''

Dr. Vidya Sri Kasipillai said 11 dead bodies were brought to Trincomalee General Hospital where she works, following the second explosion and violence. Another physician at the hospital, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said at least 40 people had been admitted with injuries.

Samarasinghe said an indefinite curfew had been imposed in Trincomalee, about 230 kilometers (140 miles) northeast of the capital, Colombo. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Apr 12 15:29:46 EDT 2006

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hindu.com, April 12, 2006, 19:40 EDT. Colombo, April 13 (UNI): Sri Lanka on Wednesday accused the Tamil Tiger rebels of repeatedly violating the four-year-long ceasefire agreement and cautioned the guerrillas not to test government's patience. "It is the intention of the government to carry forward the peace process with tolerance, which has been manifested during the last four, five days despite series of attacks. All this will be at a risk if we go on this manner. While trying to keep the maximum tolerance levels, with these it should not be considered a weakness at any given time," Minister of Plan Implementation, Keheliya Rambukkwella, told reporters here. More...
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Associated Press, Wed April 12, 2006 02:55 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A mine blast struck a truck carrying policemen in northeastern Sri Lanka - on Wednesday, killing at least two officers and wounding two others in an attack that police blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels. The rebels began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for Sri Lanka - 's Tamil minority, alleging discrimination by the Sinhalese majority. About 65,000 people have been killed in the conflict. Discuss this story
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Bomb Targets Sri Lanka Market as Increased Violence Threatens ...
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Sri Lanka Telecom Improves Customer Service and Increases Revenues ...
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Dance of joy as Jenny heads for Sri Lanka
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World Bank gives US$ 35,000 grant to empower Sri Lankan youth
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Bus carrying Sri Lankan soldiers on New Year holiday attacked, 12 killed, eight wounded
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Time for change when Sri Lanka turns back the clocks
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Is it safe to go to Sri Lanka?
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Canada labels LTTE a terrorist organization
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Poison plant fuels suicide bids
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Sri Lanka to offer big awards to Olympic gold medalists
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Canada ban won t affect LTTE materially
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