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FEBRUARY 28, 2008 EST, USA
 
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Suicide blast in Colombo wounds 7 people
Associated Press, Feb. 27. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - A suicide bomber ignited a blast Friday when police knocked on a house door during a sweep targeting Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka’s capital and the explosion wounded seven people, including three police officers, the military said.

Police officers were searching a neighborhood in the northern part of Colombo for Tamil Tiger rebels suspected of infiltrating the capital and had just knocked on a door of a house when the blast was triggered inside, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

The blast killed the bomber and wounded seven other people, including three police officers, he said.

He blamed the Tigers for the blast. The group could not immediately be reached for comment. It routinely denies responsibility for such attacks.

Three policemen and four civilians were being treated at Colombo National Hospital, said Anil Jasinghe, a doctor at the hospital.

Bomb blasts and other attacks blamed on the Tamil Tigers _ listed as a terror group by the US and European Union _ have killed about 90 civilians so far this year, according to the military.

Violence has escalated on this Indian Ocean island since the government withdrew from a 2002 cease-fire with Tamil rebels last month.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought the government since 1983 to create a separate homeland for the country’s ethnic minority Tamils. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.Discuss this story
Published: Thu Feb 28 23:22:14 EST 2008


Suicide blast near Sri Lanka capital's port, 2 dead
reuters.com, Feb. 29. COLOMBO, Feb 29 (Reuters) - A suicide bomb blast shook a building near the port in the Sri Lankan capital early on Friday, killing at least two people and wounding seven, a bomb squad official said.

"There was a suicide attack," the bomb squad officer said, asking not to be named in line with policy. "We don't have further details." More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Feb 28 20:48:41 EST 2008 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan Army Captures Mannar Water Control Area From Rebels
bloomberg, Feb. 29. Feb. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's army captured sluice gates controlling water supplies in the Mannar area in the latest advance against bases held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the north.

As many as 30 Tamil Tiger fighters were killed or wounded during a daylong battle in Sinnaodaippu, the Defense Ministry said on its Web site late yesterday. The LTTE hasn't commented on the attack.

Air force jets bombed an LTTE artillery command center in Jaffna yesterday and pilots ``confirmed that the target was accurately taken,'' the ministry said.

Sri Lanka's military is staging almost daily attacks on the LTTE's estimated 7,000 fighters in the north, the last region held by the group after it lost control of the east in July. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government has vowed to eradicate terrorism in the north while seeking a political settlement with all Tamil groups in the region. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Feb 28 20:28:48 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka to compensate families of slain legislators
peoples daily, Feb. 29. The Sri Lankan government will award financial compensation to the families of two legislators killed due to violence in the island, a senior government minister said Thursday... Back to the top

JVP to oppose devolution move
hindu, Feb. 29. COLOMBO: The Janatha Vimukthi Perumna (JVP) chief, Amarsinghe Somawansa, on Tuesday accused India of leading a campaign for “international intervention” in the name of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) the human rights of citizens, and asserted that under no circumstances would it accept any laws and measures under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution... Back to the top

Roadside bombs kill 8 civilians, Separate clash kills 14 Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka 's north
Associated Press, Thu February 28, 2008 09:33 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels alleged Thursday that Sri Lankan soldiers set off two roadside bombs inside the rebels' northern stronghold, killing eight civilians, while military said it killed 14 guerrillas in fighting elsewhere... Back to the top

9 Tamil rebels killed in northern clashes, Sri Lankan military says
Associated Press, Thu February 28, 2008 00:57 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Clashes between Sri Lankan soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels along the front lines of the country's restive northern jungles killed nine insurgents, the military said Thursday... Back to the top

India takes steps to check Tamil rebels
UPI, Feb. 28. NEW DELHI, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- India said it is taking new measures to check the activities of Sri Lankan Tamil rebels in the south of the country. "The government has taken various new steps to check the activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in southern part of the country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Inflation Probably Slowed as Loan Growth Cools
bloomberg.com, Feb. 28. Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's inflation probably slowed in February as interest rates at a 5 1/2-year high helped damp consumer spending and loan growth. Consumer prices in the capital Colombo rose 19.5 percent from a year earlier, after gaining 20.8 percent in January, according to the median estimate of nine analysts in a Bloomberg News survey... Back to the top

96 Runaway Lankan Maids Repatriated
arabnews, Feb. 28. RIYADH, 28 February 2008 — As many as 96 Sri Lankan runaway maids who were languishing in a government detention center in Riyadh were repatriated yesterday under a deal concluded between the two governments... Back to the top

Latest fighting in Sri Lanka 's north kills 15, military says
Associated Press, Wed February 27, 2008 06:57 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scattered fighting between Sri Lankan soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels in the island country's restive north killed 13 insurgents and two soldiers, the military said Wednesday... Back to the top

32 LTTE rebels killed, 44 surrender in Sri Lanka
indiatimes.com, 27 Feb 2008, 2031 hrs IST,PTI. COLOMBO: At least 32 LTTE rebels and four soldiers were killed in fierce clashes in Sri Lanka's embattled northern region as 44 suspected Tigers surrendered to the security forces, the army said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military say Tamil Tigers in disarray
xinhuanet.com, 2008-02-27 . COLOMBO, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan military claimed Wednesday that Tamil Tiger rebels are in a state of disarray due to continued government military offensives in the island's north and northeast. Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, the military spokesman, told reporters that intensive military offensives against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have continued since the Feb... Back to the top

2 LTTE rebels killed, 44 surrender in Sri Lanka
Times of India, Feb 27, 2008. OLOMBO: At least 32 LTTE rebels and four soldiers were killed in fierce clashes in Sri Lanka's embattled northern region as 44 suspected Tigers surrendered to the security forces, the army said on Wednesday... Back to the top

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