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Colombo urges UK to ban LTTE “front” organisations, Feb 29, 2008, 18:08 EDT. LONDON: Sri Lankan authorities here have urged the British government to ban fund-raising activities of what they described as “LTTE’s front organisations” alleging that the money collected by these groups “ostensibly” for charitable purposes went into the “coffers” of Tamil Tigers.

They said that although LTTE was banned in Britain a number of organisations claiming to be “charities” were working for it.

“These funds directly go to the coffers of the insurgent group to wage war with the Sri Lankan government and spread violence among civilian populations,” a spokesman of Sri Lankan High Commission said.

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Published: Fri Feb 29 18:08:26 EST 2008

Suicide blast in Sri Lankan capital wounds 7 people, says military
Associated Press, Fri February 29, 2008 01:45 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber ignited a blast that wounded seven people Friday when police knocked on a house door during a security sweep in Sri Lanka - 's capital, 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 at dawn when the blast was triggered inside, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

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

He said police searched the area based on information given by a suspect during questioning.

The military 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.

An Associated Press photographer at the scene saw the blown-off head of the suicide bomber on the concrete roof of the adjoining building.

Authorities have stepped up security searches on buses and trains and in neighborhoods of Colombo and other ethnic Sinhalese-majority areas after a series of bomb blasts killed about 90 civilians so far this year, according to the military.

The Tamil Tigers, listed as a terror group by the U.S. and European Union, are blamed for more than 240 suicide attacks against political, military and economic targets during their long separatist campaign.

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

Meanwhile Sri Lankan soldiers Friday destroyed eight Tamil Tiger bunkers in Muhamalai village of the island's restive northern Jaffna peninsula, killing five insurgents, Nanayakkara said.

Separately, soldiers killed one rebel in Mannar district, he said.

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.
Published: Fri Feb 29 04:41:28 EST 2008 Back to the top

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