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MARCH 1, 2008 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 8, NO. 330

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Sri Lanka says 19 rebels 1 soldier killed in northern clashes; rebels say 11 soldiers killed
Associated Press, Sat March 1, 2008 01:10 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A series of battles left 19 Tamil rebels and one government soldier dead in war-torn northern Sri Lanka - , the military said Saturday.

The Tamil Tigers, meanwhile, said they killed 11 government troops in a clash and managed to retake a guard post earlier lost.

Soldiers pushed into rebel territory Friday in Muhamalai area of northern Jaffna peninsula and destroyed five rebel bunkers, killing seven guerrillas, a military official said.

Separate fighting in Vavuniya, Mannar, and Welioya districts killed 12 more rebels, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. One soldier was caught in a booby trap and killed in Mannar, he said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not be immediately reached for comment.

Meanwhile, the pro-rebel TamilNet Web site reported the guerrillas recaptured a position minutes after it was taken over by the military. Eleven soldiers were killed in the battle, the report said.

It was not possible to verify the details independently because the conflict zone is restricted to journalists.

The two sides often give conflicting casualty figures after battles, exaggerating the damage caused to the enemy and underplaying their own losses.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought the since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the country's ethnic minority Tamils after decades of discrimination by governments controlled by majority Sinhalese.

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

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Published: Sat Mar 1 09:21:06 EST 2008


Colombo blast toll climbs, Sri Lanka says another 45 Tigers killed
google.com, March 1, 2008, 09:21 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) — A police officer wounded in a suicide bombing died in hospital Saturday, a hospital spokesman said as Sri Lanka's defence ministry claimed security forces had killed 45 rebels in fresh fighting.

The policeman died of his injuries a day after being caught in a huge blast detonated by a suspected Tamil Tiger rebel during a search operation in the city.

"One of the three police officers wounded in Friday's bombing died today," a hospital spokesman said, adding that six others wounded in the explosion were still undergoing treatment.

The blast, which went off when police approached a house in Colombo's commercial district of Kotahena, was heard across the city of 650,000 people.

Police said the bomber was believed to be a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Meanwhile, the defence ministry said 45 guerrillas More...
Published: Sat Mar 1 09:25:57 EST 2008 Back to the top


Colombo urges UK to ban LTTE “front” organisations
hindu.com, 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 Back to the top


Sri Lanka military, rebels trade death toll claims
reuters.com, March 1, 2008, 09:27 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military and the Tamil Tigers on Saturday each claimed fresh kills against their foe, contradicting each other amid a propaganda war raging parallel to a new phase in a 25-year civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka withstands Gilchrist blast to beat Australia in tri-series
Associated Press, Fri February 29, 2008 06:38 EST . - - MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Sri Lanka - withstood a belligerent innings by retiring Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist to win its last tri-series match by 13 runs on Friday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground... Back to the top

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