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MAY 16, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 41


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Suicide attacker targets police bus in Sri Lankan capital; 10 killed, 85 wounded
Associated Press, Fri May 16, 2008 06:53 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A suicide bomber on a motorcycle rammed into a bus carrying riot police in Sri Lanka - 's capital Friday, killing 10 people, including eight policemen, and wounding 85 others.

The blast came hours after air force fighter jets bombed a Tamil Tiger rebel base in the northern jungles, where 27 guerrillas and two government soldiers were killed in heavy fighting Thursday, according to the military.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, blaming the separatist guerrillas, said a suicide bomber on a motorcycle triggered the blast as he slammed into a bus carrying policemen on a busy Colombo street.

The bomb ripped through the side of the bus, shattering windows and damaging a dozen other vehicles. Located near the president's office and military headquarters, the blast area is considered a high-security zone.

Dr. Anil Jasinghe of the Colombo National Hospital said 10 people died.

``Eight were already dead when they were brought to hospital and two policemen succumbed after admission. About 85 people are being treated now,'' he said.

The blast was the first suicide attack since a bomber killed 14 people, including a government minister and a former Olympian, at the start of a marathon April 6.

If the attack was carried out by the rebels, it would show they retain the ability to strike deep inside government territory despite a maze of security checkpoints around the capital and military efforts to crush the group.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan did not answer calls from The Associated Press seeking comment, but the Tamil Tigers routinely deny responsibility for such attacks. The group, blamed for more than 240 suicide strikes, is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and European Union.

The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by the majority Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed.

It was not possible to independently verify the military's claims because reporters are not allowed in the war zone. The two sides are known to exaggerate their enemies' casualties while underreporting their own.Discuss this story
Published: Fri May 16 09:47:55 EDT 2008

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CM appointment illegal - Hisbullah
BBC, 16 may. The leading Muslim councillor of the ruling alliance says the appointment of the leading Tamil candidate as the Chief Minister (CM) in the east was illegal. MLAM Hisbullah told BBC Sandeshaya that he and two other Muslim members will not support the ruling United Peoples freedom Alliance (UPFA).

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the government has decided to appoint Sivanesathurai Chadrakanth alias Pillayan as the CM for the eastern province.

President 'deceived' Muslims

Mr. Hisbullah accused the president and the government of ‘deceiving’ the whole Muslim community in the east.

“The president and the government deceived not only me but also the whole Muslim community and the 12 Muslim ministers,” he told More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri May 16 09:50:42 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Anti-government website hacked
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, May 16, 2008, 6.03 p.m.. A Colombo based news website maintained by a dissident parliamentarian has been hacked.

The website, is maintained by former government strongman, Mangala Samaraweera. The website had been hacked into today, it is learnt.

Meanwhile, the site in a post stated that, "we have been hacked and disrupted." The site had been unavailable for several hours since the incident. It is still unclear who was behind the act.Discuss this story
Published: Fri May 16 08:38:48 EDT 2008 Back to the top

“LTTE continues to use TN as a supply base”, Friday, May 16, 2008. NEW DELHI: The Centre has extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as an unlawful association by two years... Back to the top

Mastermind behind attack on naval ship killed?
Special Correspondent, May 15. It is reported that a senior leader of the LTTE’s was killed in what is believed to be an SLAF strike in northern Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka The war dividend, May 15th 2008 . WADING into Trincomalee harbour early on May 10th, a line of poor fishermen received election-day gifts from both sides of Sri Lanka's nasty, 25-year-old civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Government Must Balance Carrots and Sticks to End Conflict, 15 May 2008. NEW YORK -- Sri Lanka, celebrating its 60th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule this year, is using a carrot-and-stick strategy in the war that has enveloped the island nation for some 25 years and brought it to the brink of economic disaster... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says fresh battles across contested north kills 21 rebels, 4 soldiers
Associated Press, Thu May 15, 2008 02:52 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government forces and Tamil separatists fought separate battles across Sri Lanka - 's northern region that killed 21 rebels and four soldiers, the military said Thursday... Back to the top

India extends ban on LTTE by two years, May 15th, 2008 . New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) The union government Thursday extended by two years the ban on the Sri Lankan terrorist outfit, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), as an unlawful association... Back to the top

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