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Bus bomb wounds at least 14 near Sri Lankan capital
Associated Press, Sat February 23, 2008 04:45 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A bomb explosion on a bus wounded at least 14 people near the Sri Lankan capital Saturday, but a bigger disaster was averted because a passenger spotted the device and everyone fled the vehicle before the blast, officials said. The Tamil Tiger rebels have been fighting since 1983 to create an independent homeland for Sri Lanka's minority ethnic Tamils after decades of marginalization by governments controlled by the Sinhalese majority.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
Published: Sat Feb 23 07:14:14 EST 2008

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LEAD: Bus bomb explosion injures 18 in Sri Lanka +
Associated Press, Sat February 23, 2008 03:59 EST . A bomb planted by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels exploded on a vacated bus on the outskirts of Sri Lanka - 's capital Colombo on Saturday, only slightly injuring 18 people, the government said.

The LTTE-linked TamilNet website reported the incident, saying it took place a day after Sri Lanka - 's air force bombarded civilians in rebel-held Vanni, killing eight people, including three children whose bodies the site posted photographs of, and injuring 14 others.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting for a separate homeland for Sri Lanka - 's ethnic Tamil minority in the north and east of the country since 1983. In January, the government withdrew from a six-year-old cease-fire agreement with the rebels.
Published: Sat Feb 23 07:17:50 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lankan Air Force pound rebel base
China View - Xinhuanet, Sat., Feb 23, 2008, 07:30 EDT. COLOMBO, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- The military in Sri Lanka said the Air Force took an air strike against a base of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the north on Saturday morning.

Officials from the Defense Ministry said Air Force fighter jets raided a key LTTE military base 11 km north east of Oddusudan in the Mullaithivu district at about 6:35 a.m. local time (0105 GMT).

Pilots have confirmed that the LTTE military base has been accurately hit and the base is completely destroyed, officials said.

Intensive military conflicts are underway in the north, with the government determining to defeat the LTTE before the end of this year.

The military said more than 700 people have been killed in the escalating conflict since the beginning of this year.

The LTTE has been fighting for a separate homeland for minority Tamils in the north and east for more than two decades, resulting in the death of more than 70,000 people. More...
Published: Sat Feb 23 07:32:18 EST 2008 Back to the top


Military says 20 rebels, 1 soldier killed in fighting in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri February 22, 2008 11:13 EST . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scattered battles in the war-torn jungles of northern Sri Lanka - killed 20 separatist guerrillas and a soldier, the military said Friday, while the rebels accused the government of killing eight civilians in an airstrike... Back to the top

LTTE claim refuted
hindu.com, 2/2/2008. COLOMBO: The LTTE alleged on Friday that eight civilians, including three pre-school children, were killed and 10 were injured, four of them critically, when Sri Lanka bombed a coastal civilian settlement in the Kiranchi area in Poonahari in the Kilinochchi district... Back to the top

Tiger rebels say Sri Lanka jets kill 8 civilians
reuters.com, Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:22am ES. COLOMBO, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels said Sri Lankan government fighter jets killed eight civilians, including three young children, in an air raid on their northern stronghold on Friday... Back to the top

45 killed in Lankan ground clashes, air force bombs Kilinochchi
PTI, feb 22. Colombo (PTI): At least 43 LTTE militants and two soldiers were killed in fierce ground clashes in the embattled Northern Sri Lanka as air force fighter jets pounded a rebel stronghold, officials said on Friday... Back to the top

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