The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 14, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 130


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Sri Lanka fighting rages
Reuters, August 15. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Troops and Tamil Tigers fought a fierce artillery battle across the no-man's land in Sri Lanka's north on Tuesday, the military said, as it searched for rebel infiltrators amid fears a renewed civil war could escalate.

Schools were closed on government orders for holidays to begin early after a suspected Tiger front group threatened on Monday to attack civilian targets before an ambush on a Pakistan embassy convoy in the capital killed seven people and wounded 17.Pakistan is one of Sri Lanka's biggest arms suppliers.

The suicide attack on the convoy came after Air Force jets killed at least 19 men and women aged around 17-20 in a raid on rebel territory, truce monitors said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Aug 14 23:00:57 EDT 2006

Sri Lanka says suicide bomber triggered blast near Pakistani diplomat's convoy
Associated Press, Mon August 14, 2006 09:37 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government said a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber triggered Monday's blast that targeted the Pakistani high commissioner's convoy and killed seven people.

Pakistan's top diplomat to Sri Lanka - ``narrowly escaped'' attack, a government statement said.

``The LTTE suicide bomber in the three-wheeler too died in the explosion,'' the statement said, calling the rebel group by the initials of its formal name, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The attack occurred in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.

Published: Mon Aug 14 10:28:57 EDT 2006 Back to the top

LEAD: Sri Lanka says air strike victims were 'child soldiers'
Associated Press, Mon August 14, 2006 08:27 EDT . - - Sri Lanka's government on Monday rejected Tamil Tiger claims that schoolgirls were the victims of an air force strike earlier in the day, saying the strike targeted a training camp for child soldiers.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement that a training base of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Mullaitivu district had been bombed and ''50 to 60 young LTTE terrorist cadres'' were killed and many were injured.

Noting that international agencies including the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and the U.N. Children's Fund had long focused on the LTTE's ''inhuman child conscription,'' the statement said the bombing target was a ''training camp for child soldiers'' that had been ''identified by air force surveillance.''

The government published pictures of girls in school uniforms receiving arms training and teenage women LTTE soldiers in camouflage uniforms on its website.

''Sophisticated surveillance confirmed 75 child soldiers reported killed and the same number injured by air strikes,'' the government statement said.

It said the victims were clearly not attending a first aid class as claimed by the Tiger rebels, noting that it would be ''highly unusual'' for schoolgirls to attend a first-aid class at 7 a.m. as claimed by LTTE media.

The rebel-linked TamilNet website said more than 61 schoolgirls were killed and 150 wounded in the attack on the Chencholai children's home.

It said the girls were attending a two-day course on first aid.
Published: Mon Aug 14 09:36:20 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka's ceasefire monitors condemns the 'vicious, cold blooded murder' of Loganathan
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Wounded Sri Lanka soldiers wow to fight on
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Tamil rebels say peace talks impossible as fighting rages in Sri Lanka
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SL Govt accepts LTTE's talks offer
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LEAD: Sri Lanka 'ready' to meet with rebels, despite killings+
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Fear and death on Sri Lanka's rebel battlefield
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More clashes in Sri Lanka's north
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Sri Lanka Tiger rebels says peace talks impossible
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Heavy fighting continues in Sri Lanka
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