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Dissident Sri Lankan leader dies in accident
ians, feb 9. Sripathi Sooriyaraachchi, a ruling party dissident and a former minister in Sri Lanka, was killed in a road accident Saturday, an army official said.

SooriyaraAchchi, his bodyguard and driver were killed in an accident at Thambuththegama near Anuradhapura in north-central Sri Lanka.

"While the driver and the bodyguard died on the spot, Sooriyarachchi succumbed to his injuries in the Anuradhapura hospital. Three other occupants of the car were badly injured," said Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, a Sri Lankan Army spokesman.

Television channels reported that Sooriyaraachchi's vehicle swerved and crashed into a roadside tree due to heavy rain.

A former naval officer and MP, Sooriyaraachchi was a controversial politician.As deputy minister for ports and aviation in the Mahinda Rajapaksa government in 2006, he had accused Rajapaksa of entering into a secret deal with the Tamil Tiger rebels to enable his victory in the 2005 presidential election. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 9 12:58:29 EST 2008

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Sri Lanka troops ring rebel town
aljazeera.net, FEBRUARY 09, 2008. Sri Lankan government troops have closed in on a rebel-held town, while the death toll from two days of fighting has grown to 44 people, according to the military. The military killed 41 Tamil fighters in clashes the northern districts of Jaffna, Mannar and Vavuniya, Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, a military spokesman, said on Saturday. Three soldiers have also been killed, he said. Soldiers took control of a 1km wide strip of land after a fierce clash and were just a short distance from the town of Adampan, Nanayakkara said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 9 12:48:14 EST 2008 Back to the top

Fighting kills 44 in Sri Lanka as soldiers close in on key rebel town, says military
Associated Press, Sat February 9, 2008 01:03 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fighting raged across Sri Lanka - 's embattled north killing 44 combatants as government troops closed in on a strategic rebel-held town, the military said Saturday.

The latest gunbattles that erupted along the front lines in the northern districts of Jaffna, Mannar and Vavuniya killed 41 Tamil Tiger rebels and three soldiers on Friday, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

Soldiers took control of a 1-kilometer-wide (0.6-mile-wide) strip of land after a fierce clash and were just a short distance from the rebel-held town of Adampan, said Nanayakkara.

Capturing Adampan would be a crucial step in the military's campaign to dismantle the rebels' de facto administration in the country's north.

Nanayakkara said 12 guerrillas and two soldiers were killed in the battle. Separate fighting across the north killed 29 guerrillas and one soldier Friday, he said.

Tamil Tiger spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not be contacted for comment.

On Thursday, government troops attacked rebel bunkers along the northern front lines, triggering gunbattles that killed 34 rebels and one soldier, the military said.

It was not possible to independently verify the reports because of limited access to the northern jungles where the fighting took place. Both sides often inflate their opponents' casualty figures and lower their own.

Violence has spiked in this Indian Ocean island in the past two years since a 2002 cease-fire broke down. Government troops last year drove the guerrillas from their eastern strongholds and in recent months fighting has raged around the rebels' de facto state in the north.

More than 800 people have been killed since the government announced last month that it was quitting the cease-fire, according to the military.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for an independent state in the north and east for the country's ethnic Tamil minority after decades of being marginalized by Sinhalese-dominated governments. The fighting has killed more than 70,000 people.Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 9 08:47:46 EST 2008 Back to the top


Armour plates for passenger buses in Sri Lanka
PTI, feb 9. COLOMBO: Shaken by a spate of claymore mine attacks against passenger buses that killed scores of people during the last two months, Sri Lankan government is planning to provide armour plates for the public vehicles to minimise the damage if they are hit by roadside bombs... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : 34 Tamil rebels, 1 soldier killed in fighting in north
Associated Press, Fri February 8, 2008 05:10 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government troops attacked separatist Tamil bunkers along the front lines in Sri Lanka - 's embattled north, triggering gunbattles that killed 34 rebels and one soldier, the military said Friday... Back to the top

49 killed in fresh fightings in Sri Lanka
hindu.com, February 8. Colombo (PTI): At least 46 LTTE militants and three Sri Lankan soldiers were killed in fierce clashes in the island nation's embattled north as the security forces captured a strategic one sq km area in the north-western Mannar, the Army said on Friday... Back to the top

Clarke, Bracken lead Australia to easy win over Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri February 8, 2008 05:54 EST . - - SYDNEY, Australia (AP) Michael Clarke top-scored with an unbeaten 77 and Nathan Bracken took five wickets as Australia beat Sri Lanka - by 128 runs Friday in a tri-series limited-overs match at the Sydney Cricket Ground... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Says Rebels Start `Mental War on Civilians (Update1)
bloomberg.com, 8 jan. Feb. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is unleashing a ``mental war'' on civilians through bomb attacks to mask its defeats in the north, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake said. The LTTE has killed 73 civilians in the past month while 68 soldiers died in operations in the north, the last area held by the Tamil Tigers, Wickramanayake told Parliament... Back to the top

Soldiers destroy 6 rebel bunkers in Sri Lanka , killing 5 guerrillas, military says
Associated Press, Thu February 7, 2008 11:10 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops destroyed six Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers Thursday during clashes that killed five guerrillas and one soldier, the military said... Back to the top

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