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Heavy fighting in Sri Lanka 's north kills dozens of combatants
Associated Press, Sun April 13, 2008 00:46 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fierce fighting between government forces and Tamil separatists across Sri Lanka - 's war-ravaged northern region has killed dozens of rebels and soldiers, according to the military and rebels.

The military said soldiers killed at least 40 Tamil rebels in fighting Saturday along the northern front lines, while the rebels said 30 soldiers were killed in the clashes.

Reports of fighting have increased in recent months amid government promises to capture the rebels' de facto state in the north and crush the group by the end of the year. But diplomats and other observers say the army is facing more resistance than it had expected.

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

In the worst battle, soldiers pushed into Tamil Tiger-held territory in the north after a fierce, daylong battle killed 30 guerrillas and seven soldiers, the military said Saturday. Fifty-one guerrillas and 26 soldiers were wounded, he said.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, however, said 30 soldiers died and 75 were wounded, while only three rebels were killed, according to a statement from spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan.

Meanwhile, the military said scattered battles elsewhere in the north on Saturday killed 10 more rebels and wounded 11 soldiers.

There was no comment from rebels on that fighting.

It was not possible to independently verify either side'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: Sun Apr 13 01:24:41 EDT 2008


Bloody fighting in Sri Lanka kills 79 LTTE cadres, 13 soldiers
hindu.com, Apr 14, 2008. COLOMBO: On a day of fierce fighting, as per the Sri Lanka military, at least 79 cadres of the LTTE and 13 of its troops were killed and dozens others injured on Sunday in continuing battles along the Forward Defence Lines (FDLs) in the north. Going by the death toll given by the military and the Tigers, it is one of the bloodiest days of fighting in recent weeks. The pro-LTTE TamilNet put the death of soldiers at 30 and said that a further 75 were injured. A statement by the Defence Ministry issued here said that Sri Lanka Army (SLA) infantrymen backed by artillery ‘gained a significant area of ground’ by driving off the Tiger cadres on the Mannar front further into the Wanni ‘non-liberated areas.’ More...
Published: Sun Apr 13 16:20:11 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Curfew lifted in Sri Lanka's northern district
xinhua, April 13, 2008. COLOMBO, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Defense authorities said here Sunday that a daily curfew in the northern Jaffna peninsula will not be imposed in view of the Sunday's traditional New Year celebrated by the residents in the district. "The curfew will not be imposed tonight to help people observe the traditional rituals of the New Year", Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, the military spokesman said. The Jaffna peninsula is subject to a daily curfew between 8 p.m. local time and 5 a.m. (1430 to 2330 GMT) in the backdrop of volatile security situation in the peninsula due to clashes between the government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels. More...
Published: Sun Apr 13 13:31:47 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Surrendered LTTE militants want to leave country
hindu, April 14, 2008. Jaffna (PTI): The LTTE militants and sympathisers who have surrendered are putting pressure on the Sri Lankan government to arrange for overseas jobs for them, fearing assassination at the hands of the Tamil Tigers for having deserted the outfit... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebel's defense line captured by gov't troops
xinhua, April 13, 2008. COLOMBO, April 13 (Xinhua) -- A rebel's defense line in the north western district of Mannar was captured by the Sri Lankan government troops in a battle with the Tamil Tigers, a military spokesman said on Sunday... Back to the top

SL president urges unity
the news, April 13, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse called for national unity on Saturday in his traditional New Year message as 10 more deaths were reported in the conflict-racked nation... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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