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JUNE 30, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 85

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Fresh violence kills 6 in Sri Lanka , says army
Associated Press, Fri June 30, 2006 13:24 EDT . ASHOK SHARMA - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government forces and suspected Tamil Tiger rebels clashed Friday in a surge of violence in Sri Lanka - , leaving at least five combatants dead, an army spokesman said, in a further blow to a four-year-old cease-fire. The Tigers have been fighting since 1983 to carve out a separate homeland for Sri Lanka - 's 3.2 million minority Tamils. More than 65,000 people were killed before the government and Tigers signed a 2002 cease-fire, which has deteriorated.

In another attack, suspected rebels fired mortars at a police post late Thursday, wounding two police officers in Muttur, a town 230 kilometers (140 miles) northeast of Colombo, Samarasinghe said Friday.

Also on Thursday, police found the bodies of two civilians in the northern town of Jaffna, Samarasinghe said.

Meanwhile, the independent Daily Mirror newspaper reported Friday that police have arrested two people on suspicion they may have helped a suicide bomber who killed Sri Lanka - 's third-highest-ranking military general earlier this week.

Lt. Gen. Parami Kulatunga, the military's deputy chief of staff, was killed on Monday on the outskirts of Colombo when the suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle into a car carrying the general to work. The government has blamed the Tigers, who have denied responsibility.

The arrests were made Wednesday, the report said. It gave no other details.

Police officers were not immediately available to comment. Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jun 30 20:53:03 EDT 2006

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