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JULY 14, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 99


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3RD LD: Battle between Sri Lanka gov't, rebels leaves 16 dead+
Associated Press, Fri July 14, 2006 08:49 EDT . COLOMBO, July 14 (Kyodo) _ (EDS: UPDATING WITH MILITARY ACKNOWEDGEMENT THAT 13 SOLDIERS MISSING)

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said Friday they killed 12 government soldiers and captured one in a fierce gun battle in which they lost four of their own fighters.

If the death toll is confirmed, the battle in the Vakeneri area of eastern Sri Lanka would be the most bloody in recent weeks in terms of lives lost.

Military officials acknowledged that 13 soldiers are missing from the incident, while the International Committee for the Red Cross said arrangements are being made to transfer the bodies of 12 soldiers on Saturday.

The rebel-linked TamilNet website quoted a rebel official as saying the battle, which lasted an hour, started when rebels came into contact with a unit of at least 100 government soldiers who had penetrated 5 kilometers inside rebel-controlled territory.

The army, on its website, said its troops were on a search and clear operation when they came under mortar and small arms fire from the rebels. It said they retaliated and managed to inflict high casualties among the ''terrorists'' with the help of reinforcements.

Besides those who went missing, it said five soldiers were injured.

Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe, a military spokesman, rejected the LTTE claim that the fighting occurred in rebel-held territory, saying Vakaneri is a no man's land. Vakaneri is located 37 km northwest of Batticaloa town in eastern Sri Lanka.

The 2002 cease-fire that halted two decades of civil war has been undermined by low-intensity warfare and violence that has claimed over 700 lives since last December.

In other violence Friday, the army said rebel snipers shot two navy sailors, killing one of them. On Thursday, two soldiers were reportedly killed in a Claymore mine attack while four rebels were killed Wednesday night in an army ambush. Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jul 14 09:48:43 EDT 2006

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Suspected Tamil rebel sniper fire kills 1 Sri Lankan sailor; 1 wounded
Associated Press, Fri July 14, 2006 02:44 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sniper fire from suspected Tamil Tiger rebels on a Sri Lankan navy post killed one sailor and wounded another in the northeast Friday, a navy spokesman said. Separately, suspected Tiger guerrillas attacked two police posts in Sri Lanka - 's Tamil-dominated north and east on Friday. No casualties were reported, a government Web site said.

The Tamil Tigers formally named the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have fought the government since 1983 for a separate homeland for the country's 3.2 million ethnic Tamil minority, accusing the 14 million Sinhalese of discrimination.

More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before Norway brokered the truce. Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jul 14 03:49:09 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan protesters demand arrest of Tamil rebel official at Colombo hospital
Associated Press, Fri July 14, 2006 05:30 EDT . ERANGA JAYAWARDENA - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The government allowed a known Tamil Tiger rebel official safe passage to the Sri Lankan capital and provided security at a hospital where he is being treated for a heart ailment, officials said Friday, prompting protesters to demand his arrest. A recent upsurge in killings in the north and east has threatened to topple the fragile truce and return Sri Lanka - to full-blown war.

Dozens of protesters demonstrated outside the hospital Friday, demanding Master's immediate arrest. They later dispersed peacefully.
Published: Fri Jul 14 06:31:00 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan military finds powerful bomb outside government minister's home
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Sri Lankan Government will not disarm Karuna
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Tamil Tiger rebels accuse Sri Lankan troops of penetrating their territory and killing 4
Associated Press, Thu July 13, 2006 10:14 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Separatist Tamil Tiger rebels accused the government of violating a truce by penetrating their territory and killing four of their troops Thursday, while authorities said they found a powerful bomb near the residence of a government minister... Back to the top

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Two soldiers killed by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka , official says
Associated Press, Thu July 13, 2006 08:53 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday killed two Sri Lankan soldiers and injured two others in an attack in the north, a police officer said, as violence continued in the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka President orders cricket elections to be put off
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Sri Lanka says Mumbai attacks draw attention to antiterror action+
Associated Press, Thu July 13, 2006 01:40 EDT . - - COLOMBO, July 13 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - President Mahinda Rajapakse said synchronized bomb attacks in India's financial hub Mumbai have drawn attention to the need for cooperation among all countries against terrorism, state media reported Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government s goodwill gesture to rebel leader, July 13, 2006 - 11:30 EDT. Colombo, July 13 (Xinhua) In a goodwill gesture, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse Thursday ordered the transfer of a key rebel representative to a Colombo hospital from the island's north for specialised treatment, an official said... Back to the top

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