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Top police commando dies in central Sri Lanka bomb attack+
Associated Press, Mon August 7, 2006 02:53 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Aug. 7 (Kyodo) A top police commando officer was killed in Kandy in central Sri Lanka - early Monday by a hit squad of suspected Tamil Tigers, police said.

Upul Seneviratne, a senior police superintendent and director of the Police Commando Training School at Katukurunda, 40 kilometers south of Colombo, died after emergency surgery following the attack.

''It was a remote controlled device,'' Deputy Inspector General of Police Nimal Lewke told Kyodo News.

Asked why police suspected the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, he added: ''We've recovered that kind of equipment from the LTTE before.''

Lewke said the victim, whose hometown was Kandy, often traveled there for weekends and appeared to have been leaving for Katukurunda before dawn to be at work on time.

''His house is on a by-road off a main road. We discussed his security three weeks ago and using what resources we had, the by-road was checked,'' he said.

''Although it was much easier to ambush his vehicle on the by-road, they did it on the main road. Obviously they've been watching what we were doing.''

Lewke, who heads the police commandos, described Seneviratne as a ''fine officer'' with 22 years experience who had held important field jobs, including director of operations in eastern districts where the LTTE is active. ... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Aug 7 03:22:32 EDT 2006

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LTTE's NTTE, Monday, August 07, 2006 - 22:30 EDT. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas have taken a small step towards their goal of carving a separate state by launching a satellite channel beaming to Europe. In the process, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has become the first insurgent outfit, albeit one dubbed terrorist in more than one country, to operate a television station.

The National Television of Tamil Eelam (NTTE) began beaming, for now, 15 minutes of news every day from March 26, from an undisclosed Tamil Tiger-controlled area in northern Sri Lanka. NTTE news cannot be viewed in Asia, but Paris-based Tamil Television Network (TTN) will relay to audiences across Europe at 1800 GMT. In time, the channel will expand to places like Tamil Nadu.Decision to start NTT has value for a group that has taken steps since Norway-brokered peace process got under way in February 2002.

LTTE operated a television station when it controlled parts of Jaffna, in Sri Lanka's north, during mid-1980s. But reach was minimal. Tigers had to wait for war with the Indian Army to end before starting Voice of Tigers (VOT) radio in November 1990. More...
Published: Mon Aug 7 22:31:34 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka battles complicate serious situation
com, Monday, August 7th, 2006. The bloody showdown for Mutur town in eastern Sri Lanka may be over, but, along with the fighting over a water source whose closure sparked it all, it has only complicated an already serious situation in the island.

Even as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters sneaked into the government-held predominantly Muslim town of Mutur Aug 2, the considered assessment here was that the Tigers would not hold on to it.

Mutur, in Trincomalee district and at the edge of the sea, overlooks Trincomalee harbour, barely 20 km away. The control of both is vital for the Sri Lankan military.

The Indian understanding proved correct when the LTTE announced a sudden pullout Saturday saying its offensive that forced over 30,000 Muslims to flee from Mutur was of a defensive character and it had achieved its ‘limited objectives’. More...
Published: Mon Aug 7 22:51:45 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Strikes Rebels as Stalemate Goes On
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, Aug. 6th, 2006. By SHIMALI SENANAYAKE COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, NYT A fresh round of Sri Lankan military strikes halted efforts on Sunday to open a contested irrigation canal and dashed hopes, for now at least, of ending the deadly stalemate in the country's east... Back to the top

15 aid workers slain in renewed Sri Lanka fighting
Associated Press, Mon August 7, 2006 17:31 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fifteen Tamil civilians doing post-tsunami relief work for an international aid group were found slain in northeastern Sri Lanka - after fierce battles between rebels and the government over water supplies, relief agency officials said Monday... Back to the top

CPI suggests solution to Lankan issue, August 7. Chennai, August 7: CPI today said that Tamil organisations, including the LTTE, should come foward to submit an alternative plan to resolve the ethnic crisis in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

LTTE ban a debatable point: Karunanidhi, Monday, August 07, 2006 - 15:35 EDT. Chennai, Aug. 7 (PTI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today told the State Assembly that "though the ban on the LTTE is a debatable point, we should abide by it as long as it is in force. Those who defy it should also accept the consequences"... Back to the top

Sri Lanka calls LTTE to peace table, Monday, August 07, 2006 - 08:12 EDT. New Delhi, Aug. 7 (PTI): Sri Lanka today asked LTTE rebels to return to the peace talks and expressed its commitment to find a negotiated settlement to all issues even as fighting between Tamil tigers and government forces escalated in the country's north-east region.

A day after peace broker Norway began decisive efforts to find a breakthrough, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said his country was committed to honour the ceasefire despite numerous attacks against government forces by the rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka deaths stun aid agency, Monday, August 07, 2006 - 15:35 EDT. The head of a French aid agency says they are "stunned" by the murder of 15 of their workers in north-eastern Sri Lanka over the weekend... Back to the top

War not on in Sri Lanka, says LTTE, Monday, August 7, 2006|13:51 IST . PK Balachandran The LTTE said on Monday that war was not on, even as the Sri Lankan government said that its air, sea and land operations codenamed "Operation Watershed" would continue and the rebels assassinated a top commando officer... Back to the top

Centre s ban on LTTE must be obeyed: Official, Aug 7. Chief Minister M Karunanidhi of India's Tamil Nadu state told the national assembly Monday that although the Centre's ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was debatable, everyone should abide by the order and warned of stern action against those who worked against India's unity and sovereignty... Back to the top

EXCLUSIVE - Sri Lanka rebels say new shelling a war declaration, 7 aug. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Renewed government shelling after a Tamil Tiger offer to defuse a 12-day bout of fighting in the island's east is a declaration of war, the rebels warned on Sunday... Back to the top

No compromise with LTTE on Mavilaru - Defence Spokesman, Last modified on: 8/7/2006 7:25:54 AM. Defence Affairs Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella yesterday reiterated the Government's stand of not acceding to any conditions from the LTTE to settle the Mavilaru issue... Back to the top

‘Water war’ erupts in Sri Lanka: Aid group says 15 executed
Dawn, Monday, August 07, 2006 - 08:12 EDT. Fresh fighting in the eastern Trincomalee district erupted on Sunday between the Tamil Tigers and government troops as the ‘water war’ to free a key eastern reservoir from the LTTE continued after the government totally rejected conditions by the guerrillas to open the sluice gates of the dam... Back to the top

French NGO probing killing of 15 aid workers in Sri Lanka, 7 aug. Colombo, Aug 07: A French aid agency said it was trying to find out who shot dead 15 of its employees in northern Sri Lanka but that government troops had sealed off the scene of the massacre... Back to the top

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