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Sri Lankan air force bombs Tamil Tiger artillery positions, 3 dead in other attacks
Associated Press, Wed November 1, 2006 08:45 EST . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's military carried out airstrikes on Tamil rebel artillery positions in the east Wednesday in the first air raid since failed peace talks in Switzerland last weekend, the Defense Ministry said.

The Tamil Tiger rebels quickly accused the government of mounting a military campaign, a charge the military denied.

Separately, suspected Tamil rebels fatally shot a paramilitary guard in the northeast early Wednesday, a Tamil civilian was shot and killed in the Tamil city of Jaffna, and a civilian was killed in a bomb blast blamed on the rebels in northern town of Vavuniya.

Military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said the air force destroyed artillery positions of the Tamil Tiger rebels after they fired at military camps in eastern Sri Lanka.

The rebels said Sri Lankan ground forces were also firing artillery at rebel-held areas in the east. ``The pattern of firing and bombing are indicative of a large scale military offensive being planned by the Sri Lankan military,'' the rebels said on their TamilNet Web site

The government's Media Center for National Security denied the charge and said the airstrike was limited to targets known to be rebel artillery bases.

Meanwhile, top rebel envoys returned to Sri Lanka earlier Wednesday from talks in Geneva, Switzerland.

The peace negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and rebel envoys ended fruitlessly, without even an agreement on when to talk again.

``They (rebels) are continuing with their terror tactics,'' military spokesman Samarasinghe said about the incident in northeastern Trincomalee district where the rebels attacked a Home Guards post before dawn Wednesday.

The Home Guards, made up of local, pro-government residents with weapons training, are deployed to assist security forces at vulnerable points. Trincomalee is the site of a major Sri Lankan navy base.

The Tamil civilian was shot and killed in Jaffna on Wednesday by unidentified gunmen, area residents said, speaking also on condition of anonymity fearing reprisal. The body of the victim was set on fire by the assailants. The motive behind the killing was not immediately known.

The talks, aimed at salvaging the 2002 cease-fire and halting more than two decades of conflict, failed after the government rejected a rebel demand to reopen a highway linking the ethnic Tamil-dominated northern Jaffna peninsula with the rest of the island nation.

But the government said Tuesday it was willing to reopen the highway if the rebels halted their violence. The rebels have yet to respond.

The Tamil Tigers began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for ethnic Tamils in the north and east of Sri Lanka, citing discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the cease-fire. Another 2,000 people have been killed this year alone.

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Associated Press Writer Vincent Jeyan contributed to the report from Jaffna. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Nov 1 09:13:56 EST 2006

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