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JULY 24, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 109

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Gunmen kill Tamil activist in Sri Lanka's capital
Associated Press, July 24. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Unidentified men in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo on Monday fatally shot an ethnic minority Tamil political activist who was also the public relations officer of a government minister, police said.

The victim, M. Kanapathipillai, 52, was an activist in the Eelam People's Democratic Party and the public relations officer of Minister Douglas Devananda, a police official said on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

The official said they were attempting to identify the killers and the motive behind the shooting, which occurred in Colombo's Tamil-majority neighborhood of Wellawatta.

Devananda is also the leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Party, a former Tamil militant group that renounced armed struggle and joined mainstream politics about a decade ago.

The EPDP is a coalition partner in the Sri Lankan government and has been targeted by separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in the past.

The party accuses the rebels of killing at least 40 of its members since the 2002 cease-fire between the rebels and the government.

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

Tamil rebels have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland for minority ethnic Tamils.

More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the Norwegian-brokered truce. Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jul 24 08:31:53 EDT 2006


Two Tamil guerrillas killed in fighting with breakaway faction
Associated Press, Mon July 24, 2006 09:45 EDT . Ruwan Weerakoon Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Two Tamil Tiger guerrillas were killed in a clash with a breakaway faction in eastern Sri Lanka Monday, while the Tigers killed a government soldier in a roadside bomb blast in north, rebels and officials said.

The Tamil Tigers were killed when a group of rebels from a breakaway faction attacked them in a rebel-held village in Ampara district, 220 kilometers (130 miles) east of Colombo, said T. Thuyavan spokesman for the breakaway group.

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels split in March 2004 when a senior commander broke away with some 6,000 followers. The mainstream guerrillas crushed the internal rebellion within a month, but breakaway leaders went into hiding and launch periodic attacks against the Tigers.

Also Monday, a roadside bomb blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels killed one soldier and wounded two others in northern Sri Lanka on Monday, the military said.

The blast targeted government soldiers traveling in a tractor in the district of Vavuniya, a defense ministry official said on condition of anonymity citing official policy, blaming the rebels for the attack.

There was no immediate comment from the LTTE.

Roadside bombs triggered by remote control are the preferred weapon of the rebels, who have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland for the country's 3.2 million ethnic Tamil minority, accusing the 14 million Sinhalese majority of discrimination.

Separately, unidentified men fatally shot a Tamil political activist Monday in a Tamil-majority neighborhood of the capital, Colombo.

M. Kanapathipillai, 52, was an activist in the Eelam People's Democratic Party and the public relations officer of Minister Douglas Devananda, a police official said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

The official said they were attempting to identify the killers and the motive behind the shooting.

Devananda heads the EPDP, a former Tamil militant group that renounced armed struggle and joined mainstream politics about a decade ago.

The party is a coalition partner in the Sri Lankan government, and it blames the rebels for the killings of at least 40 of its members since the 2002 cease-fire between the rebels and the government.

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

The conflict killed more than 65,000 people before the Norwegian-brokered truce. Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jul 24 10:21:09 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Japan hints at ‘tangible measures’ against LTTE
com, 24 july. Tokyo - Fearing Sri Lanka is on the verge of a full-scale war, Japan is seriously considering taking ‘tangible measures’ against the Tamil Tigers. But before that, Japan’s special envoy to Sri Lanka, Yasushi Akashi, will travel to the island to see if Colombo and the Tigers can return to the negotiating table, somehow.

And Akashi, 75, whose visit will take place in August, would very much like to meet Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to know first hand what the latter’s thoughts are on the fractured peace process. Akashi could not meet the LTTE chief during his previous trip in May. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jul 24 03:48:28 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Army Repulses LTTE Terrorist Attack
nationalsecurity.lk, 24 Jul 2006 - 13:40 GMT + 05:30. MANNAR: ARMY PERSONNEL ENGAGED in non-combat duties in KADAPPAN area on MANNAR-MADU road were fired at by LTTE terrorists around 2.45 p... Back to the top

JVP set to join govt after pact on CMP
gulf-times.com, 24 July, 2006. Colombo: The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is expected to join the government, after deciding on a formula for a common minimum programme (CMP)... Back to the top

Street gangs continue to fund LTTE extremists- Canada
defence.lk, 24 july. According to a report by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Tamil notorious street gangs operating in Toronto and Montreal are funneling funds to the LTTE for extremist purposes in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Muslims want early resumption of peace negotiation
people.com.cn, July 24, 2006. The main political party for the minority Muslim community Sunday called for an early resumption of peace negotiations between the Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lankan government... Back to the top

Report: Sri Lanka 's Tamil Tiger rebels draft 'anti-terrorism law'
Associated Press, Sun July 23, 2006 11:57 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels, listed as a terrorist organization in many countries, are drafting their own ``anti-terrorism laws'' to deal with government military and police personnel who enter their territory, a news report said Sunday... Back to the top

Bomb blast kills soldier, wounds 2 others in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon July 24, 2006 01:15 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A roadside bomb blast on Monday killed one soldier and wounded two others in northern Sri Lanka - , the army said... Back to the top

LTTE Terrorists Turn Away Irrigation Engineers
nationalsecurity.lk, 23 Jul 2006 - 09:21 GMT + 05:30. THOUSANDS OF SINHALESE, Tamil and Muslim inhabitants in some agricultural villages in the TRINCOMALEE district have been left to suffer as the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) have forcibly kept the VERUGAL irrigational anicut at MAVIL ARU area closed since Thursday (20) morning... Back to the top

Civilian fatally shot, sailor wounded in latest violence in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun July 23, 2006 09:12 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A Tamil civilian whom rebels labeled a military informer was fatally shot and guerrillas wounded a sailor in a grenade attack in northern Sri Lanka Sunday, an officials, as the island nation teetered on the edge of full-blown civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka security alert as Tigers mark Black July
zeenews.com, July 23, 2006 . Colombo, July 23: Sri Lanka on Sunday stepped up its already tight security arrangements in the capital as Tamil Tiger rebels marked "Black July", or the 23rd anniversary of anti-Tamil riots here, police said... Back to the top

Mounties call Tamil group 'arm of Tigers'
national post, July 22, 2006. TORONTO - The Tamil Tigers terrorist organization is "entrenched" in Canada and uses a Toronto-based "front organization" called the World Tamil Movement to raise money for arms, says a summary of an ongoing RCMP probe released yesterday... Back to the top

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