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DECEMBER 22, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 260

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Suspected Tamil rebels attack government's security posts, 2 security personnel wounded
Associated Press, Thu December 21, 2006 22:26 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels attacked two government security posts in northern Sri Lanka - , wounding two security officers, the Media Central for National Security said Friday. Sri Lanka - 's two decades of civil war stopped in 2002 when Norway brokered a cease-fire, but that truce has come under serious threat due to almost daily violence. This year more than 3,500 combatants and civilians have been killed in violence, according to the Defense Ministry.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam cadres say they are fighting to create a separate homeland for Sri Lanka - 's 3.1 million Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination.
Published: Fri Dec 22 03:43:51 EST 2006


Military says Sri Lankan patrol escapes roadside bomb attack
Associated Press, Wed December 20, 2006 21:55 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A military patrol escaped a roadside bomb attack in northern Sri Lanka - , the Defense Ministry said Thursday. The patrol retaliated, killing one rebel.

Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said the attack occurred in Vavuniya on Wednesday night and was launched by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE. The group is fighting to create a separate homeland for Sri Lanka - 's 3.1 million Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination.

He said soldiers found the body of a rebel, along with ammunition and two bombs and cord often used to detonate them.
Published: Thu Dec 21 05:24:29 EST 2006 Back to the top


LTTE desperate for international sympathy
hindustantimes.com, December 21, 2006. Fighting with its back to the wall in the Vaharai sector in Eastern Sri Lanka, and desperate to gain international sympathy, the LTTE is destroying civilian bunkers in areas under its control to increase civilian casualties.

The independent Daily Mirror quoted a Tamil refugee, Chandra Mohan, as saying that the LTTE was destroying bunkers built by civilians in their homes.

When Sri Lankan Army shells inflicted casualties as a result of this, the LTTE would come forward to take charge of the injured and hand them over to the International Red Cross or the Scandinavian truce monitors!

Chandra Mohan said that the LTTE was subjecting the Tamil civilians of the area to various kinds of harassment, including pressure to assist them in the fight against the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.

The report quoted a 28 year old refugee as saying that the LTTE had fired at him and his friends as they were fleeing.

"I was unhurt and able to escape, but three others were captured and one was critically injured," the refugee, who did not want to be identified, said. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 22:56:09 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Lankan peace prospects bleak, says Norway
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LTTE expresses 'gratitude'
hindu.com, Friday, Dec 22, 2006. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has expressed its `gratitude' to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels abducted us using grenades, say children
alertnet.org, Dec 21. Seven Tamil schoolboys emerged from Tamil Tiger territory in eastern Sri Lanka on Thursday, saying rebels threatened them with grenades and cut their hair in apparent preparation for military training... Back to the top

Sri Lanka accuses rebels of abducting more than 400 underage fighters this year
Associated Press, Wed December 20, 2006 18:30 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government accused Tamil Tiger rebels on Wednesday of abducting more than 400 underage boys and girls from government-controlled areas this year to be trained as combatants and asked the insurgents to stop the practice... Back to the top

Sri Lanka starts to digitise birth, marriage and death certificates
lankabusinessonline.com, 21 dec. December 21, 2006 (LBO) Sri Lanka has started to digitize the issue of birth, marriage and death certificates, which has cut processing time to as little as ten minutes, officials said... Back to the top

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