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MARCH 2, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 8, NO. 331


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Sri Lanka Navy probes suspicious vessel: military, Mon, 3 March 2008. Sri Lankan naval vessels have been deployed to intercept a suspicious vessel 150 nautical miles off the island's eastern coast, the country's security media centre said Monday.

The suspicious ship had been detected yesterday.

The Sri Lanka Navy has previously destroyed a series of ships which were believed to have been carrying arms for Tamil Tiger guerillas.

Good intelligence helped the Navy to destroy eight Tiger arms ships during 13 months, the Navy said it its website last October, after sinking a 70 metre vessel it said was the largest such vessel destroyed.

The ship named Matsuhishima, was sunk 1,700 kilometres off the southern tip of the island, the Navy said. . More...
Published: Sun Mar 2 23:24:46 EST 2008

Explosion injures 10 in northern Sri Lanka, March 03, 2008. Ten people were injured in a Claymore mine explosion blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka's northern Vavuniya district Sunday afternoon, defense officials said.

Officials from the Media Center for National Security said Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels detonated the Claymore mine around 4:45 p.m. (1115 GMT) in the northern town of Vavuniya.

Among the injured were two policemen, two members of the Civil Defense Force and six civilians.

The claymore mine had been fixed on a pushbike placed near a wayside shop in a densely populated area, officials said.

The Army said earlier a soldier was killed in a Claymore mine attack in the Pompemadu area of the Vavuniya district around 7:20 a.m. (0150 GMT). More...
Published: Sun Mar 2 23:26:18 EST 2008 Back to the top

UK urged to ban LTTE ‘front’ organisations, March 2, 2008, 10:35 EDT. Hasan Suroor

LONDON: Sri Lankan authorities 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 the 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 the Sri Lankan High Commission said.

The call came after the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO) organised a cultural show to raise funds for an educational More...
Published: Sun Mar 2 22:34:48 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says 22 killed in fresh violence, March 2, 2008. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed a soldier with a roadside bomb in the island's far north on Sunday, the military said, adding that troops killed 21 insurgents in ground fighting a day earlier... Back to the top

Prabhakaran may commit suicide, say Sri Lankan leaders
The Times of India, March 2, 2008, 08:24 EDT. COLOMBO: Predicting the collapse of the LTTE, some leaders in Sri Lanka have said the elusive Tiger supremo V Prabhakaran will have no choice other than to "commit suicide" when the Sri Lankan security forces zero in on him... Back to the top

Air travel to Jaffna costlier due to closure of A9 highway, 2 Mar, 2008. The closure of the A9 highway connecting Colombo with Jaffna has hit travellers hard with the flight fare from the island nation to Tamil Nadu working out cheaper than travel to the embattled city... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Colombo blast toll climbs, Sri Lanka says another 45 Tigers killed, 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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military, rebels trade death toll claims, 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

UK credit card scam could be linked to LTTE funding: MP
The Hindu News, March 2, 2008, 08:30 EDT. London (PTI): With an international credit card cloning scam unearthed in UK, a British MP has said supporters of LTTE could be behind the scam to raise funds for the rebels waging a war for a separate state in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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