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Seven Sri Lankan sailors missing after sea battle: military
afp, feb 5. COLOMBO (AFP) Seven Sri Lankan sailors and their craft were missing on Tuesday following a sea battle with suspected Tamil Tiger guerrillas off the island's northwest coast, military officials said. The clashes erupted when two navy speedboats moved to push back a fleet of poaching fishermen from neighbouring India, a military official said. More...
Published: Mon Feb 4 23:57:32 EST 2008

Sri Lanka Marks Independence as Explosions Kill 13 (Update3)
bloomberg, feb 4. Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka, marking the 60th anniversary of independence from Britain, said Tamil rebels are fighting their last battle as two bomb blasts killed 12 civilians and a soldier.

Security forces ``have reached the last phase in eliminating terrorism from our nation,'' the Media Center for National Security said in a statement today, before the latest explosion. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam group ``is fighting its last battle'' after being driven from the eastern region.

At least 12 people were killed and 17 others injured when the rebels targeted a bus in the north-central Ethavatunuwawa area, Defense Ministry spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said in a telephone interview from Colombo. The LTTE detonated a ``roadside bomb,'' the Ministry of Defense said in a statement on its Web site.

In a separate attack, a mine exploded in the southern town of Buttala today, killing one soldier and injuring two others. ``The soldiers were buying rations when the explosion took place. Two other minor explosions took place today and there were no casualties,'' Nanayakkara said. The LTTE hasn't commented on the attacks. More...>Discuss this story
Published: Mon Feb 4 07:43:19 EST 2008 Back to the top

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Roadside Bomb Kills 12 in Sri Lanka  - Associated Press
Second bus bomb attack kills 10 in Sri Lanka: military  - afp

Sri Lanka endures terror to celebrate Independence anniversary+
Associated Press, Mon February 4, 2008 01:15 EST . - - COLOMBO, Feb. 4 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - endured a string of terrorist attacks Monday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of independence from Britain, with President Mahinda Rajapakse declaring from a seafront promenade in Colombo his government was squarely facing the ''challenge of terrorism.'' The LTTE claims sole representation of the Tamils and a separate state in Sri Lanka - 's northern and eastern provinces.

The Island newspaper said LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran will never be able to break Sri Lanka - 's will to stand up to his terror.

''Even if he were to explode all the bombs in his possession simultaneously or to make waves of suicide attacks in Colombo, he would still not be able to get anywhere near his goal,'' it said. ''It is high time he came to terms with the fact that the days of his terrorism are numbered, gave up violence and negotiated a settlement.''

Diplomats said there was an unprecedented presence of troops and police to secure the city as the celebration continued as planned, but an exhibition of weapons captured from the LTTE and the firepower ranged against the rebels due to open later Monday was postponed by three days.>Discuss this story
Published: Mon Feb 4 03:30:10 EST 2008 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka marks independence day amid bombs and bloodshed  - AFP
Sri Lanka Marks Independence, Says Rebels Fighting Last Battle  - bloomberg

Bomb threats ahead of Sri Lanka Independence parade
Reuters, feb 4. COLOMBO (Reuters) - A caller claiming to be from a rebel group Sri Lanka's military says is a wing of the Tamil Tigers on Monday warned of bomb attacks on Independence Day celebrations due to take place in the capital Colombo within hours... Back to the top

Most Sri Lankans optimistic about peace in country: survey
PTI, feb 4. Colombo (PTI): Most Sri Lankans are optimistic about a durable peace in the country, with a very high 81 per cent firmly believing that all ethnic groups can live in harmony in the island nation, a survey has shown... Back to the top

Bus Bombing Mars Sri Lanka Anniversary
Associated Press, Mon February 4, 2008 13:39 EST . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - celebrated its 60th independence anniversary Monday with a display of military might, but suspected rebels marred the holiday with their own show of power, killing 13 passengers in a bus bombing... Back to the top

Sri Lanka puts off I-Day exhibition
TOI, feb 4. COLOMBO: Hours after a suicide bomber blew herself up here, the Sri Lanka government on Sunday night decided to postpone the Deyata Kirula exhibition relating to the independence day celebrations which was scheduled to start on Monday... Back to the top

Stop LTTE activities in Tamil Nadu: Chidambaram
Hindu, feb 4. Nagercoil: Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has appealed to Chief Minister M... Back to the top

Scandal gnaws at Buddha's holy tree
ABC, feb 4. Tales of corruption, looting and religious rivalry are swirling around the spot where Buddha is said to have gained enlightenment in eastern India some 2,500 years ago, sullying one of Buddhism's holiest sites... Back to the top

Suicide bombing kills 11 at Sri Lanka train station
AFP, 2008-02-03. COLOMBO (AFP) A suicide bomber attacked a train at Colombo's main rail station Sunday, killing at least 11 and injuring more than 100 others on the eve of Sri Lanka's independence day celebrations, officials said... Back to the top

Blast inside zoo wounds 4 in Sri Lanka , military says
Associated Press, Sun February 3, 2008 00:50 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A grenade exploded Sunday at a zoo on the outskirts of Sri Lanka - 's capital, wounding four people, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to screen trains, buses from north
IANS, feb 4. Colombo : Sri Lanka Sunday said that buses coming from the troubled north would be stopped at the border between the Tamil-dominated region and the Sinhalese-speaking south, following the blast at Colombo's main railway station that killed 11 people and injured over 100... Back to the top

Sri Lanka asks for public help to find bus bombing suspects
afp, feb 3. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka's police Sunday sought public help to track down two men believed to have planted a powerful bomb on a crowded bus that killed 20 passengers and wounded more than 60... Back to the top

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