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Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives in India, November 24. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse arrived in New Delhi on Saturday on a four-day visit during which he will hold talks with PM Manmohan Singh on the country's ethnic conflict.

Rajapakse, who on Sunday will give the inaugural address at the Asian Mayors conference in Dehradun in Uttaranchal, is coming to India for a second time in a year. He was last here in December 2005.

Rajapakse, who flew from Colombo in a scheduled aircraft, was given a warm welcome on his arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Nov 25 15:30:44 EST 2006

Military: Tamil Tiger suicide camp bombed in northern Sri Lanka ; rebels deny claim
Associated Press, Sat November 25, 2006 10:23 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS

Associated Press Writer

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan warplanes on Saturday attacked a camp housing Tamil Tiger rebel suicide bombers in the country's north, the military said. The rebels, however, dismissed the claim.

The camp was located at Iranamadu, close to the rebel stronghold, Kilinochchi, military spokesman Maj. Upali Rajapakse said. It suffered ``heavy damage,'' but exact details were not available, he added.

Tigers military spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan denied that any camp was attacked. But he said two air force planes bombed a jungle area in Iranamadu, and no casualties were reported.

``They (the military) are imagining things quite well,'' Ilanthirayan told The Associated Press by telephone from Kilinochchi.

Another rebel spokesman, Daya Master, said the government's airstrikes were meant to spread fear among the Tamil people as the guerrillas prepare to celebrate ``Martyrs' Day'' on Monday, when reclusive leader Velupillai Prabhakaran delivers his annual speech.

Tamil Tiger rebels have frequently employed suicide bombers to assassinate top political and military figures and attack military and economic targets during their separatist war against the government.

Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa and presidential candidate Gamini Dissanayake are among those who have been killed in such attacks.

Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga survived a suicide attack blamed on the rebels, but lost one eye.

Separately on Saturday, the government said Sri Lanka's elite police force killed four guerrillas in a confrontation in eastern Ampara district. One policeman was wounded in the fighting, the Media Center for National Security said on its Web site.

But the rebel spokesman Ilanthirayan said the guerrillas killed four Special Task Force policemen, and only two rebel fighters were killed.

It wasn't possible to independently verify the casualty figure claims.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought the government since 1983 demanding a separate homeland for the country's ethnic minority Tamils, citing decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese.

A 2002 cease-fire reduced the violence but more than 3,200 fighters and civilians have been killed in airstrikes, mine attacks, assassinations and heavy arms fire since December. Discuss this story
Published: Sat Nov 25 13:23:34 EST 2006 Back to the top

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