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Sri Lanka Blames Tamil Rebels as Party Activists Killed in East, Feb. 25. Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for killing two party activists campaigning in the first elections to be held in the Eastern Province since the region was captured from the rebels last July.

The representatives of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikkal, a breakaway group of the LTTE contesting seats in local elections in the town of Batticaloa, were killed when a suicide attacker blew himself up yesterday, the Defense Ministry said on its Web site.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government is seeking $1.8 billion in aid to meet its pledge to rebuild the Eastern Province and hold elections. Voting for the Batticaloa Municipal Council is scheduled to take place March 10.

The LTTE has been driven back to bases in Sri Lanka's north since the capture of the eastern region, its worst defeat in a 25-year fight for a separate homeland in the South Asian island nation. The army's campaign in the east turned the region into a ``land of refugees'' for Tamils under ethnic-Sihanlese military rule More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Feb 24 23:43:21 EST 2008

86 LTTE cadres, 3 soldiers killed in Sri Lanka clashes, February 25, 2008. Colombo (PTI): At least 86 Tamil Tigers and three soldiers were killed in fierce clashes in Sri Lanka's embattled northern region as a fighter aircraft bombed an LTTE leader's base in the rebel-stronghold of Mannar, officials here said on Sunday.

The Air Force jet pounded the LTTE's Mannar area leader's camp in Parappukkandantan and "the target was successfully engaged," the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said.

In ground clashes, 11 LTTE rebels were killed in Koilmadu, two each in Sulanmarathumadu and Navathkulamand, and three others in Periyapandivirchchan area of Vavuniya on Saturday. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Feb 24 17:10:37 EST 2008 Back to the top

Fighting kills 40 in northern Sri Lanka , military says
Associated Press, Sun February 24, 2008 04:08 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Clashes between government forces and Tamil Tiger separatists killed at least 40 combatants across northern Sri Lanka - , the military said Sunday, as air force jets bombed a rebel commanders' camp. The Tamil Tiger rebels have been fighting since 1983 to create an independent homeland for Sri Lanka - 's minority ethnic Tamils after decades of being marginalized by governments controlled by the majority ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

On the Net:

Pro-rebel Web site, TamilNet:
Published: Sun Feb 24 07:48:20 EST 2008 Back to the top

Bharti Airtel may be re-drawing plans for Sri Lanka'
ians, Feb. 26. Colombo, Feb 25 (IANS) Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel, which had announced its entry into the Sri Lankan mobile phone sector with much fanfare last year, is experiencing delays and may well be re-drawing its investment plans for the island country, says a Sri Lankan telecommunication expert... Back to the top

Three killed in Lanka suicide attack
com, Sunday, 24 February , 2008,. Colombo: At least three people, including two members of the LTTE breakaway faction, were killed in a suicide attack carried out by suspected Tamil Tigers in the restive eastern region of Sri Lanka on Sunday... Back to the top

Is this crazy, or is this crazy? -Opinion
Spectator, Feb 25. The decision by Britain, America and certain other European countries to recognise Kosovo as an independent state is mind-blowingly stupid and suicidal and of a piece with their obvious determination to capitulate in the war for civilisation... Back to the top

76 LTTE cadres, three soldiers killed in Lanka clashes
The Hindu News, Sunday, February 24, 2008, 7:53. Colombo (PTI): At least 76 Tamil Tigers and three soldiers were killed in fierce clashes in Sri Lanka's embattled northern region as a fighter aircraft bombed an LTTE leader's base in the rebel-stronghold of Mannar, officials here said on Sunday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Man carrying diesel for LTTE arrested
Sify News, SSunday, 24 February , 2008. Rameswaram: A 30-year-old man carrying a can of diesel meant for the LTTE, was arrested at a coastal village in the district on Saturday as he was waiting for a Sri Lankan boat to pick him up, police said... 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... Back to the top

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