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DECEMBER 28, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 266

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Attacks in Sri Lanka kill 3 government soldiers, wound 6; police officer shot
Associated Press, Thu December 28, 2006 11:08 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels detonated a roadside bomb in Sri Lanka - 's volatile north on Thursday, killing two soldiers and wounding three others, while separate attacks across the island left a soldier dead and a policeman wounded, the military said. In eastern Sri Lanka - , suspected rebels fired artillery at an army camp, killing a soldier. Three soldiers were wounded, Rajapakse said. In northern Vavuniya, a policeman was shot and wounded.

The military, meanwhile, also accused the rebels of abducting two members of a rival group of former separatists from their office in the northern seaside town of Puttalam.

A group of armed men stormed into the office of the Peoples' Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam late Wednesday and seized Pakaisara and Karikalam, Rajapakse said. Tamils often use only one name.

Remaining members of the former rebel group, which renounced violence decades ago and joined the political mainstream, told Puttalam police that Tamil Tiger rebels abducted the two men.

Calls to the rebels' headquarters in the northern district of Kilinochchi rang unanswered Thursday.

Sri Lanka - 's two-decade-long civil war ended in 2002 when Norway brokered a cease-fire, but the truce has recently come under serious threat due to near-daily violence.

More than 3,500 combatants and civilians have been killed in fighting this year, according to the Defense Ministry. There have also been several abductions.
Published: Thu Dec 28 18:55:32 EST 2006

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Tamil rebels abduct 2 rivals, Sri Lankan military says
Associated Press, Thu December 28, 2006 01:05 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil rebels have abducted two members of a rival group of former separatists from their office in a northern town, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. Several armed Tamil separatist groups were formed when the campaign for an independent Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka's north and east began in 1983. Most of those groups, including the Peoples' Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam, laid down their weapons and sought a peaceful solution in 1987 under an India-brokered deal.

But the Tamil Tiger rebels, formally called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, have maintained their armed campaign and occasionally target members of rival Tamil parties, accusing them of collaborating with government forces to fight the rebellion.

The rebels are fighting to create a separate homeland for Sri Lanka's 3.1 million ethnic minority Tamils, citing discrimination at the hands of the majority Sinhalese. The government says it can give limited autonomy to Tamils but only within a united Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka's two-decade-long civil war ended in 2002 when Norway brokered a cease-fire, but the truce has recently come under serious threat due to almost daily violence.

More than 3,500 combatants and civilians have been killed in fighting this year, according to the Defense Ministry. There have been several cases of abductions.
Published: Thu Dec 28 04:25:54 EST 2006 Back to the top


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Jayasuriya leads Sri Lanka to seven-wicket win in first one-dayer
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UN slams govt, LTTE over slow progress
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3 rebels, policeman killed in Sri Lankan violence
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Colombo, LTTE to blame, says Annan
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Pranab to visit Lanka
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Why the international interventionists failed in Sri Lanka
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New Zealand wins toss, bats in first
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Skirmishes continues with heavy losses to the LTTE
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This Christmas in Sri Lanka
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Colombo takes action for separate administration in two provinces
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Sioux Falls aid worker: Sri Lanka unprepared
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