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Tamil Tiger rebels kill 9 civilians in southern Sri Lanka, says defense ministry
Associated Press, jan 18. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels fatally shot nine civilians in southern Sri Lanka, the defense ministry said Friday.

Police found the bullet-riddled bodies in the village of Thanamalvila, about 260 kilometers (162 miles) southeast of Colombo, said a defense ministry official, adding the three other people had been wounded. The official, who blamed Tamil rebels for the killings, spoke on condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

In the same region on Wednesday, suspected Tamil rebels bombed a civilian bus, gunned down the fleeing passengers and attacked farmers as they retreated into the bush, killing 32 people.Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jan 17 23:21:00 EST 2008

Six civilians killed by suspected Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka
M&C, jan 18. Colombo - Six civilians were killed and a paramilitary guard was injured in an ambush by suspected Tamil rebels in a remote village in south-eastern Sri Lanka which had been infiltrated by the rebels, military sources said Friday. The incident took place in Thanamalwila, 290 kilometres south- east of the capital, late Thursday night. Reports from the area said the death toll could go higher. The attack took place some 40 kilometres from where rebels set off a claymore mine on a passenger bus on Wednesday, killing 27 passengers and injuring 63 others, and later shot dead six farmers. More...
Published: Thu Jan 17 23:44:15 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Begins Election Process in Province Taken From Rebels
bloomberg, jan 18. Jan. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka began the process of holding elections in the Eastern Province, the region captured by the army from the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam last July after 14 years of fighting.

Nominations for candidates in nine local authorities in Batticaloa district will be sent to the Election Commission from today, W.P. Sumanasiri, deputy elections commissioner, said in a telephone interview from the capital, Colombo. The date for voting has yet to be set.

Tamil political parties have denounced the process as premature. ``People are not fully settled,'' said V. Anandasangaree, president of the Tamil United Liberation Front. LTTE fighters ``are still engaged in hit and run attacks.''

President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government is seeking $1.8 billion in aid to meet its pledge to rebuild the Eastern Province and encourage investment and tourism in a region that has a 462-kilometer (287-mile) coastline of white sands. The LTTE's defeat left the group with bases only in the north to continue its fight for a separate homeland in Sri Lanka. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jan 17 21:24:06 EST 2008 Back to the top

250 rebels killed in two weeks: Govt
toi, jan 18. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan government on Thursday challenged LTTE’s contention that the outfit has the wherewithal to take on the army and said 250 rebels were killed since its decision to abrogate the ceasefire agreement... Back to the top

GulfNews, jan 18. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka was yesterday on the brink of an all-out war after air force jets destroyed a hideout occupied by senior Tamil Tiger rebel leaders while artillery fire and ground clashes killed 30 insurgents... Back to the top

LTTE intelligence wing member arrested in city
chennaionline, jan 18. Chennai, Jan 17: An LTTE intelligence wing member and seven Sri Lankan Tamils were arrested here last night and iron-ball rings and plastics used in making explosives seized from them... Back to the top

Sri Lankan jets destroy rebel hideout, capture ground after cease-fire ends
Associated Press, Thu January 17, 2008 08:02 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's military said air force jets destroyed a hideout used by senior Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday and soldiers captured a strategic stretch of road in a battle that left nine insurgents dead... Back to the top

VIDEO: Bloody end to Sri Lanka ceasefire, Thu, january 17, 2008. an. 16 - A roadside bomb has killed at least 25 people as a six-year ceasefire between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka expires. The Ministry of Defence said a large number of schoolchildren on a bus were caught in the blast in the central district of Moneragala, around 240 km east of the capital Colombo... Back to the top

Most Sri Lankan bus ambush victims were shot
reuters, jan 17. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military said on Thursday most of the 27 people killed in a bus ambush were shot by rebels as the passengers tried to flee rather than in the blast that struck the vehicle... Back to the top

UN Watch expresses concern
BBC Sinhala, Thurs, January 17, 2008, 10:45 EDT. UN Watch has expressed concern after Sri Lanka's representative in Geneva called the office of High Commissioner Louise Arbour "unqualified" to report on the island's bloody conflict... Back to the top

SLMM, Japan for political means
hindu, jan 17. COLOMBO: Winding up the nearly six-year mission, Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Head Maj... Back to the top

Lankan govt faces world criticism
Dawn, jan 17. With the tattered six year old ceasefire between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels officially ending on Wednesday, the Mahinda Rajapakse led UPFA regime is facing a hailstorm of international criticism for formally abrogating the peace agreement signed in February 2002... Back to the top

'Orissa Maoists linked to LTTE'
newindpress, jan 17. KORAPUT/JEYPORE: Earlier, there was the Nepal Maoist link. Now, investigation has unearthed the LTTE link of Koraput Maoists! The link was unravelled after arrest of five top-ranking Maoists by Koraput police from Tamil Nadu... Back to the top

Return to Conflict Sri Lanka shows every sign of slipping into savagery
TimesOnline, jan 17. What little most Britons know about Sri Lanka is coloured by the image of balmy hotels, a benevolent outlook on life and a fun-loving national cricket team... Back to the top

Bus attack, aftermath kill 31 as Sri Lankan cease-fire officially ends
Associated Press, Wed January 16, 2008 10:47 EST . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's 6-year-old cease-fire deal ended Wednesday in a spasm of violence, as suspected Tamil Tiger rebels bombed a civilian bus, gunned down the fleeing passengers and attacked farmers as they retreated into the bush, killing 31 people... Back to the top

Death by flowers: giant, suicidal palm has botanists stumped
world-science, jan 17. A bi­zarre dis­cov­ery has bot­a­nists puz­zled: a new spe­cies of enor­mous palm tree that flow­ers it­self to death... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Air Force bombs rebel targets
Xinhua, jan 16. COLOMBO, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lanka Air Force launched aerial attacks against Tamil tiger rebels in the northern island on Wednesday, the military said. The Army said the fighter craft took attacks on LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) rebels' complex where the rebels' munitions were stored at Uddasar, Kattukular and Putukudirippu in the Mullaithivu district about 2:30 p... Back to the top

CHRONOLOGY: Attacks blamed on Sri Lanka s Tamil Tigers, Wed Jan 16, 2008. (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tigers bombed a bus in central Sri Lanka on Wednesday killing 24 people, the military said, as a 6-year ceasefire between the state and rebels formally ended... Back to the top

Rajapaksa says India-Sri Lanka accord can solve ethnic issue, 16 jan. Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has said the India-Sri Lanka accord of 1987 offers the best solution for the ethnic problem in his country... Back to the top

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