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Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers bomb military in north
reuters.com, Apr 26. COLOMBO, April 27 (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger light aircraft bombed a Sri Lankan military position in the north of the island early on Sunday in the rebels' first air raid in nearly six months.

The Sri Lankan military and the Tamil Tigers are locked in a new chapter of a bloody civil war that has killed thousands in recent months.

"At about 1:35 a.m. they came and dropped three bombs on the Welioya Forward Defence line. Nobody was hurt, and no damage to any property," said military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, referring to the rebel air raid on the northern district of Pollonnaruwa.

The rebels conducted their last air strike in October 2007 on an air force base in Anuradhapura.

Fighting between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has intensified since the government formally pulled out of a 6-year-old ceasefire pact in January, though a renewed civil war has been in progress since 2006. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Apr 26 20:55:04 EDT 2008

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Sri Lankan president says rebels attacked passenger bus because of battlefield setbacks
Associated Press, Sat April 26, 2008 05:59 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Saturday that a bomb that killed 26 bus passengers showed Tamil separatist rebels were resorting to desperate measures as they faced growing pressure on the battlefield in the north. The rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for minority Tamils, who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by Sri Lanka - 's Sinhalese majority. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.

The Tamil Tigers have been accused of a carrying out a series of bombings and suicide attacks in recent years as the government pushed ahead with its plans to crush the rebels.

The bus attack Friday evening was the first major attack on civilians since a suicide bomber killed 14 people, including a government minister and a former Olympian, at the start of a marathon April 6.

The bomb Friday was hidden in a parcel on the baggage rack of the bus, the military said. It sent pieces of seats hurtling to the street, shattered windows of nearby buildings and nearly ripped the roof off the vehicle.

Ambulances with sirens wailing flooded to a nearby hospital, where off-duty doctors and nurses ran in to help the injured. One hospital was so overwhelmed it stopped accepting more wounded and diverted them to a second medical center.

Saranga Sadara, who was covered in blood from helping the wounded, said he was in a neighboring bus when the bomb exploded. ``The whole place smelled of explosives, and debris was all over,'' he said.

The government blamed the rebels. The rebels, who routinely deny responsibility for such attacks, did not respond to calls for comment.Discuss this story
Published: Sat Apr 26 06:30:20 EDT 2008 Back to the top


9 arrested in Sri Lanka bus bombing as air force attacks Tamil Tiger positions
Associated Press, Sat April 26, 2008 13:19 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Police arrested nine suspects in connection with a bus bombing that killed 26 passengers outside Sri Lanka's capital, officials said Saturday as air force jets attacked the Tamil rebels blamed for the attack. The rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for minority ethnic Tamils, who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by Sri Lanka's Sinhalese majority. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.

The bus bombing Friday evening was the first major attack on civilians since a suicide bomber killed 14 people, including a government minister and a former Olympian, at the start of a marathon April 6.

The bomb Friday was hidden in a parcel on the baggage rack of the bus, the military said. It sent pieces of seats hurtling to the street, shattered windows of nearby buildings and nearly ripped the roof off the vehicle.

The government blamed the rebels. The rebels, who routinely deny responsibility for such attacks, did not respond to calls seeking comment.
Published: Sat Apr 26 15:20:35 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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Bus bomb kills 24 in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri April 25, 2008 14:29 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A bomb hidden on the baggage rack of a packed, rush-hour bus exploded Friday evening outside Colombo, killing 24 people in an attack that the military blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Lanka bus explosion LTTE s revenge killing
hindu.com, April 26, 2008 , 7:48 EDT. Colombo (PTI): Sri Lankan army on Saturday said the deadly explosion in a passenger bus near here on Friday which claimed 26 lives was a "revenge killing" by LTTE which lost more than 160 fighters in clashes at Jaffna... Back to the top

Sri Lanka meets tough Tamil Tiger resistance in north
csmonitor.com, April 25. NEW DELHI - Scores of Sri Lankan soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels were killed this week in fierce fighting that has diminished the government's claim that it will wrest the north from rebel control by the end of the year... Back to the top

Sri Lankan official says explosion hits bus outside of Colombo
Associated Press, Fri April 25, 2008 10:08 EDT . COLOMBO, April 25 (Kyodo) _ An explosion on a bus near Sri Lanka's capital Colombo on Friday has killed at least 16 people and left 40 injured, the government said, while blaming the attack on the island's Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lankan army says it has taken control of revered Catholic church in war zone
Associated Press, Fri April 25, 2008 02:46 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan forces took control Friday of a revered Catholic church that religious groups had feared was in danger of being damaged by the raging civil war between the government and ethnic Tamil separatists, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s displaced find little joy in liberation from Tigers
google.com, 23 april. BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka (AFP) Sri Lanka's military victory over the Tamil Tiger rebels in the multi-ethnic east of the island means little to displaced people such as 12-year-old Suna Madushandan who can not go home... Back to the top

Sri Lanka not worried about possible Indian intervention
xinhuanet.com, 23 april. COLOMBO, April 24 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government said Thursday it was not worried about the resolution passed by an Indian state to intervene in Sri Lanka's escalating conflict between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka lost 185 soldiers in Jaffna battle: military sources
google.com, 23 april. COLOMBO (AFP) At least 165 soldiers were killed and 20 more went missing in a major battle with Tamil separatists this week, military sources told AFP on Friday as journalists complained of unofficial censorship... Back to the top

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