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Sri Lankan navy attacks rebel fleet, killing around 70
Associated Press, Sun September 24, 2006 19:21 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan Navy said early Monday it had attacked 25 Tamil Tiger rebel ships off the country's northeastern coast, sinking 8 and killing around 70 separatists.

Navy Cmdr. D. K. P. Dassanayake told The Associated Press that ``more than 70 cadres are dead'' and two other ships, believed to have been transporting arms and ammunition, were burning at sea.

The remaining 14 ships retreated after a five hour battle at sea Monday night, just off the coast near the town of Pulmoddai, he said.

One navy vessel was damaged, injuring five sailors, he said.
Published: Sun Sep 24 21:11:41 EDT 2006

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Sri Lanka rebels pound military camps in east, 08:13, September 25, 2006. .
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Sunday fired mortar and artillery at two military camps in the eastern district of Batticaloa but caused no casualties, defense officials said.

The first attack on the Kiran camp came around 5:20 a.m. local time (2350 GMT) and the exchange of mortar and artillery fire continued for over two hours, the officials said. The other attack, coming 20 minutes later, was on the Varani camp.

In neighboring Ampara district, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels attacked the Pullimalai camp belonging to the police's Special Task Force (STF) at around 7:30 p.m. local time ( 1400 GMT) Saturday night.

However, no STF men were injured in the barrage of 60 mm mortar fire, the defense officials said.

The clashes continue in the aftermath of the military's success over the rebels in capturing the key LTTE location of Sampur in the east. More...
Published: Sun Sep 24 22:15:34 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka gov t asks Muslims to ignore rebels threat, Sunday September 24, 2006 - 22:53 EDT. Sri Lankan defense authorities said Sunday they have urged the Muslim population in an eastern town to remain there as the Tamil Tiger rebels would be no longer able to attack the town.

Several hundreds of Muslim families had begun leaving the Muslim dominated town of Muttur in the eastern port district of Trincomalee since Saturday, the district's chief administrative officer T. T. R. De Silva said.

He said the families were leaving Muttur for Kinniya due to the distribution of an alleged leaflet by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels warning the residents to leave Muttur as they would launch an attack on the town against the security forces.

However, the military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said Sunday "we have ensured total security in Muttur. The security arrangements are at a very high level so there is no need for the residents to leave Muttur." More...
Published: Sun Sep 24 22:53:10 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Spiritual guru Sri Ravishankar in peace talk with LTTE, 24 september. Kolkata, Sept 24: Even as Norway is engaged with the Sri Lankan government for a solution to the Tamil problem, Indian spiritual guru Sri Ravishankar has begun talks with the LTTE in the quest for a lasting peace in the island country... Back to the top

Rice urges Sri Lanka on bid for new peace talks with Tamils, 24 september. New York, Sept 24: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged her Sri Lankan counterpart to make a concerted effort in planned peace talks with rebels from the country`s Tamil minority, a senior US official said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tamil party calls for end to violence, Sept. 23. COLOMBO, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's main Tamil democratic party the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Saturday called for immediate end to the armed clashes between the Tamil Tigers and the government troops. "We urge talks to start soon... Back to the top

Britain extends travel warning to Sri Lanka to Muslim east
Associated Press, Fri September 22, 2006 12:33 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The British Foreign Office on Friday upgraded a travel warning to cover a Muslim-dominated eastern area of Sri Lanka - , as the military reported four civilian deaths in separate incidents in two days... Back to the top

Sri Lanka troops deployed at Muslim town after rioting, Saturday September 23, 2006 - 10:12 EDT. SRI LANKAN troops were deployed at a Muslim town in the island`s east to quell rioting following the massacre of 10 residents, military officials said Thursday... Back to the top

JumpTV Signs Partnership With Sri Lanka Television Channel
Associated Press, Fri September 22, 2006 15:44 EDT . Derana is the first channel from Sri Lanka - to join JumpTV's global Internet Television line-up, and marks the first step in the Company's efforts to establish a foothold in the country... Back to the top

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