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JUNE 3, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 59


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Railway blast injures 17 in Sri Lanka, June 4. COLOMBO (Reuters) - At least 17 people were injured in a blast by a railway track in the Sri Lankan capital on Wednesday, the military said.

The explosion in Wellawatta, a suburb of Colombo, comes amid daily land, sea and air attacks in a bloody civil war that has killed more than 70,000 people.

Doctors said 17 people were admitted to hospital. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 3 23:29:36 EDT 2008

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“India’s naval surveillance a big help to Sri Lanka”, June 4. SINGAPORE: India’s maritime “surveillance” has “helped” Sri Lanka in “a big way” in facing the challenge from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Emphasising this, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollogama told The Hindu that his country would continue to “advocate” that the international community take steps to dry up the sources of funding and other forms of support for the LTTE.

Outlining Sri Lanka’s diplomatic offensive in East Asia, Mr. Bogollogama, who was here to attend the ‘Shangri-La Dialogue,’ cited Australia for its efforts in moving against suspected pro-LTTE fund-raisers and front-men. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 3 23:27:51 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebels say 6 civilians killed in army ambush
Associated Press, Tue June 3, 2008 01:27 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil rebels accused the government Tuesday of killing six civilians with a roadside bomb triggered in a rebel-controlled town in northern Sri Lanka - , but the military denied responsibility for the attack.

The Tamil Tiger rebels said in a statement that Monday night's attack in Mankulam village also wounded four other people. The dead and wounded were civilians visiting a Hindu temple, they said.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said he was unaware of such an attack. He said the army can't take responsibility for what the guerrillas claim to be happening inside rebel territory.

Monday's blast was the third bomb attack targeting civilians in the past two weeks. Earlier, a roadside bomb hit a civilian car in rebel-controlled Kilinochchi district and a bomb exploded on a passenger train in Dehiwala just south of the capital, Colombo. At least 31 people have been reported killed in the three attacks.

Dozens of other civilians have also been killed in targeted attacks this year. The government has blamed the insurgents for attacks in Colombo and other predominantly ethnic Sinhalese-majority areas, while the rebels have accused the military of killing Tamil civilians within their territory.

Meanwhile, the military spokesman Nanayakkara said that air force helicopters Tuesday bombed a series of bunkers occupied by the insurgents in northern Vavuniya district. He did not give details of damages or casualties caused by the attack.

Also 10 rebels and three soldiers were killed Monday in ground clashes reported from four northern fronts in the Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya and Welioya regions, he said.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to carve out an independent state for ethnic minority Tamils who have faced marginalization by successive governments controlled by majority Sinhalese.
Published: Tue Jun 3 07:23:21 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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Tamil Tigers place senior leader under house arrest: military
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Sri Lanka 's military says 17 rebels, 1 soldier killed in northern fighting
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Japan may export rice to Sri Lanka
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Swamy to move HC against Nalini's plea for early release
expressindia, June 3. Chennai, June 2: Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Monday said he would soon move the Madras High Court against the plea made by Nalini Murugan, a life convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, for early release... Back to the top

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