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Sri Lanka navy base 'under attack'
cnn, October 18. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) -- Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a Sri Lankan navy base and an adjoining port in the southern city of Galle on Wednesday and a battle was going on, police and military officers said.

The attack on the navy is the second in three days. Nearly 100 people, mostly sailors, were killed in a suicide bombing on a naval convoy in a north-central district on Monday.

One military officer said the attackers came in three boats and there were four explosions. The two sides continued to exchange fire, he said.

Galle is about 70 miles (113 km) south of the capital, Colombo, far from the northern and eastern strongholds of the rebels where much of the violence in the Indian Ocean island has been concentrated. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Oct 17 23:45:40 EDT 2006

Suicide bombing at Sri Lankan port
afp, October 18. COLOMBO - Suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bombers Wednesday infiltrated the port of Galle in southern Sri Lanka and were attacking facilities there, defense spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told AFP.

"The attack is going on at the moment and we have no reports of any commercial shopping areas being attacked," Rambukwella said. "Obviously they have come to Galle on a suicide mission."

The spokesman said the military had sent gunboats into Galle -- a popular destination with foreign tourists -- to counter the attack by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Oct 17 23:40:47 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Explosion, gunfire at navy camp in southern Sri Lanka  - dpa

Massive blast in Sri Lankan port
International News, October 18. COLOMBO: A powerful explosion on Wednesday ripped through the port of Galle in southern Sri Lanka, as a naval base there came under attack, police said. Gunfire was also reported in the area near the Dakshina naval facility, located 110 kilometers (70 miles) south of the capital Colombo, a local police official in Galle said. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties. More...
Published: Tue Oct 17 23:34:27 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Fighters jets pound suspected rebel camp after suicide bombing kills 95 sailors
Associated Press, Tue October 17, 2006 00:58 EDT . LEIGH MURRAY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan fighter jets pounded a suspected Tamil Tiger camp in the northeast, the military said Tuesday, but denied it was in retaliation for a suicide attack on a military convoy that killed at least 95 sailors the previous day... Back to the top

LTTE “Tamil Tigers” and its UK-wide network
Global Politician, October 16. LTTE was banned in the UK February 28th 2001. The annual publication of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) London 'Military Balance 2005/2006' referred to emerging links between the LTTE and the Al-Qaeda movement... Back to the top

Some optimism for Sri Lankan peace despite rebel blast killing 95 sailors
Associated Press, Tue October 17, 2006 09:28 EDT . LEIGH MURRAY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's hopes for peace suffered a devastating blow this week when an alleged Tamil Tiger suicide bombing killed at least 95 sailors one of the deadliest attacks in more than 20 years of fighting on the tropical island... Back to the top

Champions Trophy: Razzaq powers Pakistan to four-wicket win over Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue October 17, 2006 13:16 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - JAIPUR, India (AP) Abdul Razzaq's brilliant all-round performance powered Pakistan to a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka - in the ICC Champions Trophy Group B match on Tuesday, a day after Pakistan lost key pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif amid a doping scandal... Back to the top

There is a way out: UNP
hindu, October 17. COLOMBO: The main Opposition United National Party (UNP) said on Tuesday it was ready to support any legislative move by the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government in Parliament to restore status quo of north and east after the Supreme Court nullified the merger... Back to the top

Lankan lawmakers protest court order to split Tamil-majority ..., October 18, 2006 . Colombo, Oct 17: Ethnic Tamil lawmakers on Tuesday forced the suspension of Sri Lanka's Parliament when they held a noisy protest against a court order to split a Tamil-majority province into two... Back to the top

Sri Lanka raids hit rebel radio, 17 October 2006. Sri Lankan warplanes have destroyed a Tamil Tiger radio tower in the north, a day after the country's bloodiest suicide bombing, the rebels say... Back to the top

MK rejects PMK demand on Sri Lanka, Oct 17. Chennai, Oct 17: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today rejected PMK founder S Ramadoss' demand that he lead an all-party delegation to Delhi to apprise Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of the latest situation in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

India will have to recognize LTTE, Oct 17. A few months ago, the man who has met elusive Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam supremo V Prabhakaran 'several times' in his jungle hideouts was urged by President Mahinda Rajapakse to convince the LTTE leader to resume the aborted peace talks... Back to the top

Accord terms not met, says Sri Lankan court, Tuesday October 17, 2006 - 11:45 EDT. COLOMBO: Striking down the order of the President of Sri Lanka on the temporary merger of northern and eastern provinces, a five-member Supreme Court bench has held that the President had no authority to merge the provinces under the Emergency Regulation and Parliament was the competent body to legislate on the subject... Back to the top

US condemns suicide attack in Sri Lanka, blames Tigers
The News, October 16. WASHINGTON: The United States condemned Monday a suicide attack in Sri Lanka that left at least 103 people dead and wounded 150 others, blaming the Tamil Tigers for the carnage... Back to the top

Downer condemns Sri Lanka bombing, October 17, 2006. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has condemned the suicide bombing in Sri Lanka that killed more than 100 people... Back to the top

Clark condemns Sri Lanka bombing, Oct 17, 2006 . A suicide bomb attack on a Sri Lankan military bus convoy is being condemned by New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark... Back to the top

Military says Tamil Tiger suicide attack kills 92 Sri Lankan sailors
Associated Press, Mon October 16, 2006 06:05 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Tamil Tiger rebels rammed a truck loaded with explosives into a naval convoy in central Sri Lanka on Monday, killing at least 92 sailors and wounding more than 150, in what the military described as a cold-blooded massacre... Back to the top

Suicide bombing kills over 100 in Sri Lanka
afp, October 16. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka has suffered its worst ever suicide attack when suspected Tamil Tiger rebels detonated a truck packed with explosives next to a convoy of sailors, killing at least 102 people and wounding 150 more... Back to the top

In pictures: Sri Lanka convoy blast, Monday, 16 October 2006. About 100 people have been killed in a suicide attack on a naval convoy in northern Sri Lanka, the military says... Back to the top

PM condemns suicide bomb attack in Sri Lanka
scoop, October 16. PM condemns suicide bomb attack in Sri Lanka Prime Minister Helen Clark today strongly condemned the suicide attack on a Sri Lankan military bus convoy which has killed at least 99 people and injured over 100 more... Back to the top

Government condemns brutal attack by the LTTE, 10/16/2006 . The government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) condemns the brutal and the coward attack by the LTTE terrorists that claimed over 90 lives in Dmbulla today (Monday the 16th of October)... Back to the top

Lankan court scraps key element of Indo-Sri Lanka peace accord, October 17, 2006 . Colombo, Oct 16: In a significant judgement, Sri Lankan Supreme Court on Monday scrapped a key element of the 1987 Indo-Sri Lanka peace accord by which the country's northern and eastern provinces were clubbed to become one administrative unit... Back to the top

Annan deplores ‘appalling’ suicide bombing in Sri Lanka, October 16, 2006. Warning against a renewed civil war in Sri Lanka between the Government and Tamil separatists after the latest “appalling” suicide bombing of a convoy of military buses, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the sides to return to the negotiation table... Back to the top

Japanese envoy meets Sri Lankan president, as diplomatic efforts intensify
Associated Press, Mon October 16, 2006 02:54 EDT . LEIGH MURRAY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Japanese envoy met with the Sri Lankan president Monday amid intensified diplomatic efforts to strengthen the peace process between the government and Tamil rebels ahead of talks between the two sides later this month... Back to the top

Fighter jet crashes in Sri Lanka , but pilot ejects to safety
Associated Press, Mon October 16, 2006 09:04 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Sri Lankan air force fighter jet crashed into a lagoon in the country's west on Monday, but the pilot managed to eject to safety, the military said... Back to the top

LTTE gun men kill five civilians; three of them slain in execution ..., 16 oct. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorists caught two Sinhalese traders from Wennappuwa and their truck driver, bound their hands on their backs and shot them in execution style, an eye witness said... Back to the top

North East merger illegal
bbc, October 16. The Supreme Court chaired by Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva has ruled the merger of the North East as illegal... Back to the top

India unhappy with Sri Lanka government over fighting, Oct 16 . New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) India is deeply unhappy with the continuing fighting in Sri Lanka that has the potential to derail the Oct 28-29 talks between Colombo and the Tamil Tigers in Geneva... Back to the top

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