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Daylong battle kills 30 rebels, 6 soldiers in fierce fighting in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat April 12, 2008 13:06 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers pushed into Tamil Tiger-held territory in the embattled north Saturday after a fierce, daylong battle killed 30 guerrillas and six soldiers, the military said.

Fighting has sharply increased in recent weeks, with the government vowing to retake Tamil rebel-controlled areas and crush the Tigers after more than two decades of warfare. Diplomats and other observers say the army has faced stiffer resistance than expected.

In the latest offensive, infantry troops moved into Mannar district backed by artillery and mortar fire, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara.

Heavy fighting killed 30 rebels and six soldiers. Fifty-one guerrillas and 25 soldiers were wounded, he said.

Separate battles across the north Friday killed 11 separatists and wounded eight soldiers, the military said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan did not answer calls seeking comment.

It was not possible to independently verify the military's claim because journalists are barred from the conflict zone. Both sides commonly exaggerate their enemies' casualties while underplaying their own.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for an independent homeland for minority ethnic Tamils, who were marginalized for decades by governments dominated by the Sinhalese majority. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting.Discuss this story
Published: Sat Apr 12 14:00:49 EDT 2008


Sri Lankan Military: Soldiers destroy rebel bunkers as fighting kills 11 Tamils in north
Associated Press, Sat April 12, 2008 05:12 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Soldiers destroyed two Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers in northern Sri Lanka - while fighting in the region killed 11 separatists and wounded eight soldiers, the military said Saturday.

Fighting between the two sides has sharply increased in recent weeks, with the government vowing to retake Tamil Tiger-controlled territory and crush the rebels after more than two decades of warfare. Diplomats and other observers say the army is facing more resistance than it had expected.

Troops destroyed two rebel bunkers in the village of Kilali on the northern Jaffna peninsula Friday night, a defense ministry official said.

Two soldiers were wounded in the fighting, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity citing government regulations. He did not have details of rebel casualties.

Also Friday, soldiers killed four rebels in a battle in Vavuniya district, just south of rebel-held territory, the official said. One soldier was wounded in the fighting.

Other battles in Jaffna and Welioya regions left seven rebels dead and five soldiers wounded, he said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not be reached for comment.

It was not possible to independently verify the military's claim because journalists are barred from the conflict zone. Both sides commonly exaggerate their enemies' casualties while underplaying their own.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for an independent homeland for minority ethnic Tamils, who were marginalized for decades by governments dominated by the Sinhalese majority. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting.
Published: Sat Apr 12 09:48:00 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Norway opposes ‘external’ solution to Sri Lanka conflict
thaindian.com, April 12, 2008, 09:57 EDT. Oslo, April 12 (IANS) No “externally designed solution” will end Sri Lanka’s dragging ethnic conflict, a senior Norwegian diplomat has said, as an international conference here called for a negotiated end to decades of fighting. Norway’s special envoy to Sri Lanka, Jon Hanssen-Bauer, told the two-day meeting that ended late Friday that Oslo would be more than happy to back “any solution endorsed by the Sri Lankan people”.

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Published: Sat Apr 12 09:57:43 EDT 2008 Back to the top


West Indies beats Sri Lanka with 7 wickets
Associated Press, Sat April 12, 2008 18:37 EDT . CRAIG COZIER - Associated Press Writer - PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels hit unbeaten half centuries Saturday to pilot West Indies to a series-clinching, seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka - in the rain-shortened second one-day cricket at Queen's Park Oval... Back to the top

58 killed in Sri Lanka fighting
dailytimes.com.pk, April 12, 2008. COLOMBO: Fighting in the far north of Sri Lanka in the past week killed 58 people, mostly Tamil Tiger rebels, the military said on Friday... Back to the top

LTTE deliberately targets civilians in attacks says AI
dailymirror.lk, 10 april. Amnesty International (AI) has criticised the LTTE for deliberately targeting civilians in an extended series of attacks... Back to the top

India should not support partition of Sri Lanka
merinews.com, 11 April 2008. ACCORDING TO IBN live on March 26, 2008, the island’s Prime Minister, Ratnasiri Wickremanayaka said in Jerusalem that India would never allow a separate independent state for Tamils, to be carved out from Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: A Land in Search of Itself
tehelka.com, 11 April 2008. his is a gem of a book. Only a journalist with perspective and empathy could have condensed so well the tumultuous history of Sri Lanka in so few pages... Back to the top

When’ll mad killings end in Sri Lanka?
ittefaq.com, April 12. N THE aftermath of the lucky escape of the then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a bomb blast at a Brighton hotel in October 1984, the Provisional Irish Republican army issued a bold statement... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: Fighter jets bomb rebels' naval base as fighting kills 7 rebels, 1 soldier
Associated Press, Thu April 10, 2008 09:21 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's fighter jets bombed a Tamil rebel naval base while scattered battles in the northern jungles left seven separatists and a soldier dead, the military said Thursday... Back to the top

High Commissioner for Human Rights condemns Sri Lanka bomb attack
reliefweb.int, 10 april. GENEVA – The High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has strongly condemned the suicide bombing which killed a Government minister and at least 14 other people at the start of a marathon in Sri Lanka, on 6 April... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says attack on bunkers kills 13 guerrillas in north
Associated Press, Fri April 11, 2008 01:01 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government forces attacked Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers along the front lines in Sri Lanka - 's war-ravaged northern region, triggering gunbattles that killed 13 rebels and wounded 11 soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

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