The Lanka Academic

JULY 19, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 104


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Police arrest alleged would-be Tamil Tiger suicide bomber
Associated Press, Wed July 19, 2006 03:45 EDT . Police arrest alleged would-be Tamil Tiger suicide bomber BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The Sri Lankan government announced on Wednesday the arrest of a would-be Tamil rebel suicide bomber and three accomplices who were allegedly to target VIPs in the southern Sinhalese heartland.

Separately, the military said two officers and one soldier were killed and 11 soldiers were wounded in a roadside bomb attack in northern Jaffna that military spokesman, Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe, blamed on the Tamil Tiger rebels. The bomb hit a bus carrying the soldiers on Wednesday, causing the casualties.

In Colombo, chief government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told a news conference that the arrest of the would-be bomber _ a woman _ whose name was withheld, was made on Sunday in the town of Tissamaharama, close to the temple town of Kataragama, frequently visited by senior officials from Colombo.

``A lot of VIPS visit the area,'' Rambukwella said.

Rambukwella said the news of the arrest was not announced before to facilitate investigation. He said the suspect was trained to be a suicide bomber by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Tigers' official name.

Rambukwella said two cyanide capsules were found in her possession, but police overpowered her before she could consume them.

The separatist rebels carry the capsules to avoid arrest. Her interrogation led to the arrest of three accomplices, Rambukwella said.

Rambukwella said the investigation led to her hide-out, where two fake separate National Identity Cards and a stitched jacket, similar to one used by suicide bombers, were found. He declined to give further details.

In the latest suicide bombing blamed on the rebels, on June 26, an attacker on a motorcycle rammed into a car carrying Sri Lanka's third-highest ranking military officer, Maj. Gen. Parami Kulatunga, killing himself, the general and three other people.

Near-daily attacks in the island's volatile north and east have rocked a fragile cease-fire brokered by Norway in 2002.

More than 750 people have died in escalating violence since December, raising fears the country could be plunged back into full-blown civil war.

More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the two sides signed the Norwegian-brokered cease-fire. Efforts to resume peace talks have failed, with each side accusing the other of a lack of sincerity. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 19 04:40:55 EDT 2006

Plane Turned Back, 2 in Custody
Associated Press, July 19. ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ Two Sri Lankans carrying suspected false passports were taken into custody and a commuter plane they had tried to board was sent back to Rochester's airport Wednesday morning because one of their bags was aboard, authorities said.

The Toronto-bound Air Canada plane was directed back to Rochester by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and all 11 passengers were removed, said Monroe County sheriff's spokesman John Helfer.

During a routine check of passenger information, Customs and Border Protection officers identified two Sri Lankans carrying Canadian passports that were suspected to be fake, Homeland Security Department spokesman Russ Knocke said.

Authorities placed the pair, a man and a woman, in custody for questioning, during which the woman became upset, began complaining of chest pains and indicated she needed her bag, which had already been loaded onto the flight, Knocke said.

``There was a significant language barrier with the passengers, and the male is believed to have made a confusing remark about a possible suicide bomb,'' Knocke said.

Authorities ordered the flight back to Rochester ``out of an abundance of caution,'' he said. No bomb was found, he said.

The pair were still in custody Wednesday afternoon and it was not immediately clear whether they had been charged.

The Southeast Asia island of Sri Lanka has struggled with violence for years involving Tamil Tiger rebels, who want to create a separate homeland for the country's ethnic Tamil minority, saying they face discrimination from the majority Sinhalese. A truce was declared four years ago, but there has been a recent surge in violence. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 19 17:34:59 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Tamil Tigers Say Sri Lankan All-Party Talks Are `Peace Posture'
bloomberg, July 20. (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said all-party talks called by President Mahinda Rajapakse on a political settlement are a ``peace posture'' aimed at winning the support of the international community.

Rajapakse's government is following previous administrations by ignoring Tamil inspirations for a separate homeland and trying to advance a one-side solution, TamilNet cited the LTTE as saying in its official periodical published this week. The all-party talks began July 11. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 19 23:01:11 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sweden sends delegation to Sri Lanka hoping to rescue cease-fire
Associated Press, Wed July 19, 2006 07:48 EDT . STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ A Swedish delegation has traveled to Sri Lanka in an effort to persuade Tamil Tiger rebels to drop demands for some foreign peace monitors to leave the tropical island nation, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday... Back to the top

South Africa arrive in Sri Lanka, July 19, 2006. South Africa, led by their first black captain Ashwell Prince, arrived in Sri Lanka today for their brief two-Test series and a tri-series with India... Back to the top

India to moot national govt in Lanka
South Asian Media Net, july 19. COLOMBO: The Indian government is attempting to broker a deal between the Sri Lankan government and the main opposition to form a national government to solve the national question expeditiously, diplomatic sources said... Back to the top

India awaits an embittered Wickremesinghe
ians, july 19. New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Former Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is arriving here Wednesday with a deep grudge against President Mahinda Rajapakse... Back to the top

European Union Ambassador to visit Sri Lanka Tiger rebels, July 19, 2006 - 06:50 EDT. special European Union (EU) Ambassador is to visit the Tamil Tiger territory in Sri Lanka's north later this week to have talks on the Tamil Tiger demand to exclude truce monitors representing EU nations from the international truce monitoring mission, the Sri Lankan government said in Colombo Wednesday... Back to the top

Vaiko asks Manmohan not to support Lankan army, July 19, 2006 - 23:00 EDT. NEW DELHI, JULY 19: The vocal supporter of the Tamil cause in Sri Lanka, MDMK leader Vaiko, has repeated his demand that India should not give any military assistance to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Civilian Dies And 4 Soldiers Wounded In Sri Lanka Blast, July 19. Colombo, Sri Lanka (AHN) - A civilian was killed and four Sri Lankan soldiers were injured in an explosion on Tuesday in Jaffna... Back to the top

Programmes to boost armymen's morale
gulf news, july 19. Colombo: A patriotic front has stepped forward to raise the morale of soldiers, their families and villagers living in vulnerable areas in the wake of an escalation of violence by the Tamil rebels... Back to the top

New Sri Lanka Peace Effort, July 19, 2006 - 06:50 EDT. Sweden has launched a fresh effort to salvage Sri Lanka’s faltering ceasefire ahead of a Tamil rebel deadline for European Union peace monitors to leave the country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s shipping ministers agrees to talk with unions, as port ..., July 19, 2006 - 14:00 EDT. July 19, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka's ports minister Mangala Samaraweera said he was willing to negotiate with striking trade unions if they get back to work on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seek UN assistance
bbc, july 19. The Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry has sought assistance from the United Nations, voluntary bodies and countries in the world to help evacuate Sri Lankans living in Lebanon, says H... Back to the top

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