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JANUARY 18, 2008 EST, USA
 
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LTTE man's arrest for abduction plan first since 1991
newkerala, jan 19. By M.R. Narayan Swamy, New Delhi, Jan 18 : The arrest of a Tamil Tiger operative on charges of planning the abduction from India of a prominent Sri Lankan Tamil politician is the first time the rebels have gone this far since the 1991 killing of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

According to home ministry sources, the Intelligence Bureau played a key role in the arrest Wednesday night of Thambiturai Parameswaran alias Surli alias Nathan from Madipakkam, a thickly populated Chennai suburb near an IT corridor that is home to many Sri Lankan Tamils.

Nathan, who entered India illegally by sea in February 2007, has been described as a member of the intelligence wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). He had been tasked with the responsibility of planning the kidnapping of Annamalai Varadaraja Perumal, the former chief minister of Sri Lanka's northeastern province who has lived in and around the Indian capital for years under Indian protection.

A native of Jaffna, Nathan had bought a van in Chennai that he plied as a taxi to give himself a respectable cover. He had over a period of time moved close to two relatives in the area of Perumal, as he is widely known, and also Douglas Devananda, Sri Lanka's rabidly anti-LTTE Tamil cabinet minister.

Devananda, who has escaped several assassination attempts blamed on the LTTE, is a frequent visitor to India. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 18 21:53:18 EST 2008

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Defense Ministry says Tamil Tiger rebels kill 10 civilians in southern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri January 18, 2008 06:03 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels fatally shot 10 ethnic Sinhalese civilians in southern Sri Lanka - , the Defense Ministry said Friday amid escalating violence following the government's withdrawal from a cease-fire with the insurgents. Violence has intensified in Sri Lanka - since the government announced two weeks ago that it would scrap the six-year-old cease-fire between the government and rebels a pact that had largely been ignored in recent years. The truce officially ended Wednesday.

Nanayakkara said a group of rebels opened fire at civilians in Thanamalwila around 10:00 p.m. Thursday, killing three and wounding three more. Insurgents then fled into nearby bushes, he said.

Police and army troops were sent to the village where they found seven more bullet-riddled bodies and launched a search for the rebels, Nanayakkara said.

In the same area, suspected Tamil rebels earlier this week bombed a civilian bus, gunned down the fleeing passengers and attacked farmers as they retreated into the forest, killing 32 people.

If the Tigers are responsible for the latest attacks, it would highlight their apparent increasing determination to hit targets in the generally peaceful south, which has an ethnic Sinhalese majority, as the military presses ahead with an offensive against rebel-held territory in the north.

The European Union said Friday that the bus attack bore the hallmarks of a rebel attack.

``This attack has the characteristics of the LTTE's modus operandi,'' the EU said in a statement using the initials of the rebels' formal name, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

``No support can ever be gained in the EU for any cause through such acts of barbaric terrorist violence. It is deeply disappointing to see this return to the type of violence as was seen in Sri Lanka - before the cease-fire agreement,'' the statement said.

The Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for an independent state in the north and east for Sri Lanka - 's ethnic Tamil minority after decades of being marginalized by Sinhalese-dominated governments. The fighting has killed more than 70,000 people.

Though scrapping the 2002 truce has had little direct impact on the raging war, the government's decision to end the deal was criticized by peace mediators and foreign governments, who worried it would make it even more difficult to end the decades-old conflict.

More than 300 people have been killed in the north in the past two weeks, according to military figures.

In the latest violence, air force jets bombed a military camp in the rebel-held northern Mullaitivu district Friday, Nanayakkara said.

He did not give details of damage or casualties, but said the pilots have confirmed that ``they hit the target.''

Separately, soldiers shot and killed a Tamil guerrilla early the same day after he tried to detonate a roadside bomb targeting patrolling troops near the eastern town of Batticaloa, Nanayakkara said.

Scattered battles throughout the north killed 13 rebels a day earlier, he said.

Rebel officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the violence. Each side often gives different accounts of the fighting, exaggerating enemy casualties while underreporting its own. Independent confirmation is unavailable since the battle zone is restricted. Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 18 06:33:46 EST 2008 Back to the top

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US Pacific Fleet Commander calls on the Sri Lanka Navy Commander
Sri Lanka Navy, 2008-01-18. United States Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Robert F. Willard called on Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, at the Navy Headquarters, Colombo, today (17th January 2008). Upon his arrival, Admiral Willard was awarded a guard of honour at the NHQ premises. He was accompanied by a high-level U.S. Navy delegation.

The discussions held between Admiral Willard and the Sri Lanka Navy Commander focused on the bilateral relations and the maritime security. They proved very fruitful and led to the enhancement of the existing cordial relationships between the two navies and the solidifying of cooperation in many areas of mutual interests. Admiral Willard was impressed by the Sri Lanka Navy’s recent achievements in destroying the LTTE’s logistics capability and expressed his appreciation on the performance of the naval personnel concerned. More...
Published: Fri Jan 18 17:30:32 EST 2008 Back to the top


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... 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... Back to the top

Britain 'has a right' to interfere
BBC Sinhala, Friday, January 18, 2008. Many international actors, including Great Britain, are concerned of the escalating violence in Sri Lanka, a senior British MP said... 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

ALL-OUT WAR!
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 Lanka military: Fighter jets bomb Tamil rebel camp in volatile north
Associated Press, Fri January 18, 2008 03:46 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force jets pounded a Tamil Tiger rebel camp in northern Sri Lanka - on Friday, the military said... Back to the top

VIDEO: Bloody end to Sri Lanka ceasefire
reuters.com, 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

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

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