The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 21, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 45

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Breakaway rebels say they killed top Tamil Tiger commander
Associated Press, Sun May 21, 2006 13:54 EDT . - - BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka - (AP) A breakaway Tamil faction said Sunday that they ambushed and killed a top Tamil Tiger rebel commander near the eastern city of Batticaloa.

Thuiyan, a spokesman for the breakaway Karuna faction said their forces had killed the number two rebel commander in the Batticaloa region, who they identified as Ramanan. Many in the region go by just one name.

Tamilnet, a pro-rebel Web site confirmed Ramanan had been killed, but said he was ``assassinated'' by army snipers.

Ramanan was one of the most senior rebel commanders to be killed since the 2002 signing of a cease-fire between the rebels and the government, Tamilnet said.

Thuiyan said his fighters had ambushed Ramanan as he drove by on his motorcycle. First they detonated a mine, which missed him, and then they opened fire on him, killing him.

The rebel movement split in 2004 when an eastern-based military commander named Karuna broke away with 6,000 fighters.

The Tigers accuse the government of supporting the group in its attacks on their fighters and allowing it to operate in its territory.

The rebels have fought the government since 1983, demanding a separate Tamil homeland. More than 65,000 people were killed before the cease-fire accord halted 19 years of open warfare. Discuss this story
Published: Sun May 21 14:19:48 EDT 2006

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Suspected Tamil rebels attack foreign aid offices; 15 reported killed in other violence
Associated Press, Sun May 21, 2006 19:08 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected rebels attacked the offices of three international aid groups in Sri Lanka - Sunday in what appeared to be their first assault on foreigners, the army said. Tamil separatists denied the charge.

A breakaway rebel faction said it had killed at least 10 mainstream Tamil rebel fighters and a top commander in separate attacks in the east. Four other people were also killed in spiraling violence that has threatened to push the island nation back toward civil war.

The rebels simultaneously attacked the offices of the three aid organizations in the town of Mutur in the Trincomalee District, throwing hand grenades into the buildings, said military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe.

In an attack at the office of Nonviolent Peaceforce an international group that promotes nonviolent conflict resolution a Serbian aid worker and two passers-by were wounded, said area police chief Nihal Samrakoon.

There were no injuries reported in the attacks on ZOA, a Dutch agency helping refugees, and Intersos, an Italian relief organization, Samarasinghe said.

He said he believed the Tamil Tigers were behind the attack.

The motive for the attack on the foreign groups, who have been providing assistance to refugees from the war and the 2004 tsunami, was not immediately clear.

However, government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said the attack appeared to be in response to mounting international pressure on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

In recent days, European diplomats have indicated that the EU plans to join the United States and Britain in adding the Tigers to its list of terrorist organizations.

``The timing of the attack is significant,'' Rambukwella said. ``These are desperate moves by the LTTE and this may be a result of the pressure that has been building in the international community.''

Rambukwella said this was the first deliberate attack against foreigners.

Rebel spokesman Daya Master said he was unaware of the attacks, but ``the LTTE would never attack NGOs and foreigners.''

Aid workers said it was unclear why they had been targeted or who was behind the attacks.

``At the moment, we have no idea why,'' said Nonviolent Peaceforce project director Marcel Smits. ``It is something we have to look into to see what could possible be behind this. It seems like it was coordinated,'' he said.

Also Sunday, 15 people were reported killed in ongoing violence that has shaken a fragile 2002 cease-fire between the government and rebels, halted peace talks and left at least 275 people dead since April, according to international truce monitors.

The rebels have fought the government since 1983, demanding a separate Tamil homeland. More than 65,000 people were killed before the cease-fire halted 19 years of open warfare.

A breakaway Tamil faction said their forces had attacked a mainstream Tamil Tiger camp near Trincomalee, killing at least 10 rebel soldiers.

T. Thuyavan, a spokesman for the breakaway Karuna faction said their forces attacked the Tiger camp with mortars and RPGs before overrunning the site and killing the Tamil fighters.

Karuna forces also killed a top Tamil Tiger rebel commander near the eastern city of Batticaloa, Thuyavan said.

Tamilnet, a pro-rebel Web site confirmed that the leader, named Ramanan, had been killed, but said he was ``assassinated'' by army snipers.

The rebel movement split in 2004 when an eastern-based military commander named Karuna broke away with 6,000 fighters.

In the eastern town of Mavadivembu, a 12-year-old boy was killed by suspected rebels late Saturday as he sat at his home with his grandmother, an army statement said.

The army said he was killed after spurning attempts by the Tigers to recruit him. The rebels have been criticized for recruiting child soldiers.
Published: Sun May 21 21:22:42 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Breakaway rebels say they killed 10 Tamil Tiger rebel soldiers
Associated Press, Sun May 21, 2006 14:44 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A breakaway Tamil faction said Sunday that their forces had attacked a mainstream Tamil Tiger camp near the eastern city of Trincomalee, killing at least 10 rebel soldiers.

T. Thuyavan, a spokesman for the breakaway Karuna faction said their forces attacked the Tiger camp with mortars and RPGs before overrunning the site and killing the Tamil fighters.

Tiger officials could not immediately be reached for comment and the Sri Lankan military refused to comment saying the area was not under their control.

Thuyavan said the Karuna group suffered no casualties in the surprise attack.

The rebel movement split in 2004 when an eastern-based military commander named Karuna broke away with 6,000 fighters.

The Tigers accuse the government of supporting the group in its attacks on their fighters and allowing it to operate in its territory.

The rebels have fought the government since 1983, demanding a separate Tamil homeland. More than 65,000 people were killed before the cease-fire accord halted 19 years of open warfare. Discuss this story
Published: Sun May 21 15:42:49 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Top LTTE leader shot dead
thepeninsulaqatar.com, May 21, 2006, 23:27 EDT. COLOMBO A top Tamil Tiger field commander was shot dead in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday by an unidentified gunman, rebel and military sources said... Back to the top

EU ban will not to hamper cease-fire monitors
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, May 21st, 2006. An imminent European Union ban on the LTTE will not deter cease-fire monitoring operations, senior officials and diplomats said yesterday, despite three among the Scandinavian mission being members of the EU... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's ruling party suffers reverse in city elections+
Associated Press, Sun May 21, 2006 04:04 EDT . - - COLOMBO, May 21 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance of President Mahinda Rajapakse suffered a reverse in Colombo municipal elections held Saturday, according to results released Sunday... Back to the top

3 dead in Sri Lanka violence
Associated Press, Sun May 21, 2006 07:35 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two anti-personnel mines triggered by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed two government soldiers in Sri Lanka - 's north and east on Sunday, the military said, in continuing violence that threatens to push the island nation back toward civil war... Back to the top

Suspected Tamil rebels target foreign aid offices in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun May 21, 2006 09:54 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil militants attacked the offices of three international non-governmental organizations in eastern Sri Lanka - on Sunday wounding three people, including a Serbian aid worker, the army said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka look to Malinga for a quick fix
guardian.co.uk, May 21, 2006, 23:27 EDT. COLOMBO A top Tamil Tiger field commander was shot dead in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday by an unidentified gunman, rebel and military sources said... Back to the top

CMC winners 'ready to resign'
BBC, may 20. The independent group that won the Colombo Municipal Council says that group will hand over their seats to United National Party (UNP)... Back to the top

EU ban may jeopardise talks: LTTE
com, 21 May. Colombo: Tamil Tiger rebels on Sunday warned that an imminent European Union ban on their outfit could jeopardise the future peace talks with the Sri Lankan government... Back to the top

Ten families quit Sri Lanka village after massacre
NewKerala, May 20. Colombo: At least 10 familes today fled their homes in a northern Sri Lankan village fearing that they could be targeted after identifying security personnel allegedly responsible for a massacre... Back to the top

Report: 10 Sri Lankan refugees feared dead near Indian coast
Associated Press, Sat May 20, 2006 09:53 EDT . NEW DELHI (AP) Ten refugees fleeing violence in Sri Lanka - were feared drowned after their boat capsized near the Indian coast early Saturday, a news report said... Back to the top

HL:Burnaby, B.C., realtor denies involvement with terrorism-related organization
Associated Press, Sat May 20, 2006 00:53 EDT . BURNABY, B.C. (CP) _ A Burnaby realtor says she has nothing to do with a terrorism-related organization raided by RCMP using a search warrant with her name on it... Back to the top

Lanka troops, LTTE exchange artillery fire
zeenews.com, May 20, 2006. Colombo, May 20: Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tigers exchanged artillery fire across a de facto front line in the island's north today, a defence ministry spokesman said... Back to the top

Aid, Conflict and Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka Report Launched in ...
usnewswire.com, 5/17/2006. WASHINGTON, May 17 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Yesterday in Washington, The Asia Foundation and the World Bank convened Sri Lankan senior policy makers, conflict experts and members of the diplomatic community to introduce the study, "Aid, Conflict and Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka," which analyzes the conflict in Sri Lanka since 2000 and the international response to it... Back to the top

Norway fears isolation over role in Sri Lanka peace process
lankabusinessonline.com, 19 May 2006 23:12:29. OSLO, May 19, 2006 (AFP) - The European Union's decision to place the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on its list of terrorist organisations risks isolating Norway, which has played a key role in the nation's peace process, chief negotiator Erik Solheim said on Friday... Back to the top

Five Sri Lankan refugees drown off India
reuters.co.uk, Sat May 20, 2006 10:39 AM BST16. CHENNAI, India (Reuters) - At least five people drowned and four were missing after a boat carrying Tamil refugees fleeing violence-hit Sri Lanka capsized on Saturday, Indian police said... Back to the top

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