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Rebels launch suicide attack on Sri Lanka naval base in south, 1 sailor killed
Associated Press, Wed October 18, 2006 05:56 EDT . ERANGA JAYAWARDENA - Associated Press Writer - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil rebels posing as fishermen blew up two of their boats in a suicide ambush on a naval base, killing at least one sailor in the first such attack on Sri Lanka - 's touristy southern coast, the military said. Police imposed an open-ended curfew in the town. The suicide bombing in Galle could signal a major shift for the Tamil Tiger rebels, whose decades-long campaign for a separate homeland for minority ethnic Tamils has largely focused on Sri Lanka - 's north and east, which they claim as their cultural heartland.

It also could be a major blow to Sri Lanka - 's tourism industry, with peak season about to begin in Galle and its nearby beaches, a major draw for travelers. Galle, 110 kilometers (70 miles) south of the capital, Colombo, also is home to Sri Lanka - 's main southern naval port.

The suspected Tamil Tiger rebels blew up two of their boats after entering the harbor area posing as fishermen, while the navy destroyed the remaining three boats, the Defense ministry spokesman said, speaking on condition of anonymity, citing agency policy.

All the rebels were killed, but it was not immediately clear how many insurgents were aboard the boats, he said.

The rebels did not make any immediate comment, but the pro-rebel TamilNet Web site reported that a 15-member rebel attack team had entered Galle harbor in five boats and that three boats exploded.

The attack also was expected to further damage peace efforts ahead of scheduled talks between the government and rebels starting Oct. 28 in Switzerland. Both sides this week committed themselves to the talks.

Sri Lanka - 's top security spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella accused the rebels of launching deadly attacks to provoke a backlash against ethnic Tamils that could help them win international sympathy ahead of the talks.

``We ask the people not to fall into the trap that has been laid by the LTTE,'' he told reporters.

A violent backlash by the majority Sinhalese against Tamil civilians could strengthen the Tigers' claim that the Tamil people can live in peace only if they achieve a separate homeland.

It was the second attack on the navy this week.

On Monday a rebel suicide bomber rammed a truck filled with explosives into a military bus convoy in central Sri Lanka - , killing at least 95 sailors and wounding more than 150 others the deadliest insurgent attack since a 2002 cease-fire temporarily halted the country's civil war.

Last Wednesday, fierce battles on the besieged northern Jaffna Peninsula killed at least 129 soldiers and more than 200 rebels, and left hundreds of others wounded.

The surge in violence comes as Sri Lanka - faces increasing international pressure to return to the negotiating table.

Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi was scheduled to hold talks with rebel leaders in the north Wednesday, while Norwegian envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer arrived in Colombo on Tuesday for meetings with government and rebel officials.

U.S. envoy Richard Boucher will make a two-day visit to Sri Lanka - starting Thursday.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland for the Tamil minority in the north and east, citing decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. About 65,000 people were killed before the 2002 cease-fire.

Associated Press writers Bharatha Mallawarachi and Krishan Francis contributed to this report. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Oct 18 06:14:47 EDT 2006

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Tiger terror - Editorial
Times on Line, October 19. The massive suicide attack on a Sri Lankan naval base at Galle is depressing evidence that the Tamil Tigers have no intention of pursuing peace talks and are determined to drag Sri Lanka back to full scale civil war. The attack by terrorists posing as fishermen in two boats came after the huge suicide bomb on Monday that killed almost 100 people, mostly sailors, in the deadliest assault of this long and brutal campaign.

All hopes that the Tigers can now be persuaded to continue restraint or look for ways to resume the talks mediated by Norway now seem unrealistic. There was probably never any serious intention by the Tigers’ leader, Velupillai Prabakharan, to abandon violence or enter a dialogue that could have led to a political solution on the island that would have marginalised the cult-like influence of this malign figure. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Oct 18 23:01:23 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka navy base attacked, sparks anti-Tamil riot
reuters.com, Oct 18, 2006. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Riots broke out in Sri Lanka's port city of Galle on Wednesday after suspected Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a naval base in an apparent suicide mission that killed four people, residents and police said.

The attack on the Dakshina naval base in Galle city came two days after nearly 100 people, mostly navy sailors, were killed in a suicide bombing on a convoy in a north-central district.

News of the raid sparked rioting in Galle, with shops belonging to the minority Tamil community targeted by the majority Sinhalese, residents and police said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Oct 18 05:53:33 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lankan military launches air strikes on Tamil Tiger targets
Associated Press, Wed October 18, 2006 03:57 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan military said it launched airstrikes on Tamil Tiger targets in the east Wednesday, hours after suspected rebels posing as fishermen blew up two of their boats in a suicide ambush on a southern naval base... Back to the top

Malaysia leads investment flows into Sri Lanka for second year ...
lankabusinessonline.com, Thu, 19 October 2006 5:52:09. Oct 18 (LBO) – Malaysia will lead foreign investment into Sri Lanka for the second year running led by telecoms and infrastructure, as developing countries emerge as top investors in the region... Back to the top

Sri Lanka raises US$ 340 mn in foreign investments: BOI
lankabusinessonline.com, 18 October 2006 20:17:48. Sri Lanka has managed to attract just over 340 million dollars in foreign investments for the eight months to July, the Board of Investment said Wednesday on account of telecom and clothing related projects... Back to the top

Targeting the Tamil Tigers - Editorial
washington times, Oct 18, 2006. Any hope that the militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam would respond to diplomatic pressure and renounce their terrorist tactics ahead of the cease-fire negotiations scheduled for the end of the month was murderously subverted by a suicide attack that killed more than 100 Sri Lankan sailors this week... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s proposed International Commission of Inquiry: OHCHR ...
achrweb.org, Wed, October 18, 2006 - 16:30 EDT. As the war between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) escalates, a number of peace envoys - Mr Yasushi Akashi, Representative of the Government of Japan for Peace Building, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction in Sri Lanka and the Norwegian facilitators visited Sri Lankan recently to salvage the peace process... Back to the top

Sri Lanka begins exhuming bodies of slain aid workers
Associated Press, Wed October 18, 2006 09:24 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - on Wednesday started exhuming the bodies of workers from a Paris-based international aid organization killed in the northeastern part of the island nation in August, a spokesman said... Back to the top

Targeting the Tamil Tigers
washingtontimes.com, Wed, October 18, 2006 - 16:30 EDT. Any hope that the militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam would respond to diplomatic pressure and renounce their terrorist tactics ahead of the cease-fire negotiations scheduled for the end of the month was murderously subverted by a suicide attack that killed more than 100 Sri Lankan sailors this week... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says Tamil rebels trying to provoke backlash ahead of peace talks
Associated Press, Wed October 18, 2006 03:03 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's top security spokesman accused Tamil rebels Wednesday of launching deadly attacks to provoke a backlash against ethnic Tamils that could help them win international sympathy ahead of peace talks... Back to the top

Eyewitness: 'We saw boats explode'
BBC News, Wed, October 18, 2006 - 11:40 EDT. Tamil Tiger rebels have carried out a suicide attack on a naval base in the southern Sri Lankan tourist city of Galle... Back to the top

The importance of two provinces
BBC News, Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 06:48 EDT. What is perhaps a highly significant judgement of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court on Monday was overshadowed when the country's bloodiest suicide bombing killed nearly 100 people... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's historic port of Galle
BBC News, Wed, October 18, 2006 - 11:26 EDT. The historic city of Galle, where Tamil Tigers have carried out a dramatic attack on the navy base, is one of Sri Lanka's most important tourist destinations... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ruling on northeast province a political disaster
teluguportal.net, 2006/10/18. New Delhi/Colombo, Oct 18 (IANS) On the road to his ruling ordering a break up of Sri Lanka's northeastern province into two, Chief Justice Sarath N... Back to the top

Police impose curfew in southern Sri Lankan town after Tamil Tiger suicide attack
Associated Press, Wed October 18, 2006 02:05 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police imposed an open-ended curfew in Sri Lanka - 's southern tourist town of Galle on Wednesday after suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bombers attacked a navy base there... Back to the top

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... 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

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 ...
zeenews.com, 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
bbc.co.uk, 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
chennaionline.com, 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
rediff.com, 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
hindu.com, 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

Downer condemns Sri Lanka bombing
theage.com.au, 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
co.nz, 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

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