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JUNE 10, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 66


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Sri Lanka military says 7 rebels, 1 soldier killed in latest fighting
Associated Press, Tue June 10, 2008 03:49 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The latest round of fighting between Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tiger rebels left seven insurgents and a soldier dead, while air force jets Tuesday bombed rebel locations in the north, the military said.

A military statement said the casualties occurred Monday in fighting along the Jaffna, Vavuniya and Welioya fronts in the north.

On Tuesday, air force jets pounded several rebel positions along their defense line in northern Jaffna, the statement said, without giving details of casualties or damages in the latest raid.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not be immediately contacted for comment and it was not possible to verify the government's claims because reporters are not allowed into the war zone.

Both sides release statements often exaggerating damages caused to the other and underreporting their own losses.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the ethnic minority Tamils in the island's north and east. Tamils have faced marginalization by successive governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese.

Government forces last year captured the rebels' eastern strongholds and have vowed to dismantle their de facto administration in the north by the end of this year.Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 10 07:12:22 EDT 2008

S.Lanka rebels say responsible for attacks, Tue 10 Jun 2008. A little known Sri Lankan rebel group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for recent bomb attacks on transport vehicles as revenge for what it said were government attacks and aerial bombings on innocent Tamil civilians.

The military has blamed Tamil Tiger rebels for a series of train and bus blasts in capital Colombo and central Sri Lanka in which at least 32 people were killed and over 100 wounded.

We want to claim that we are responsible for the bomb attacks on the transport vehicles and other attacks," Ellalan Force, which the military says is a Tiger-linked group, said in an e-mail to Reuters.

The attacks have been carried out as a "stern reply" to the government forces' Long Range Reconnaissance Petrol (LRRP) attack and aerial bombing on innocent civilians, the Ellalan Force said in the mail.

"The LRRP attacks and the aerial bombings on Tamil innocent civilians must stop. The Sinhalese must understand (the) situation clearly and think about why the 'Ellalan Force' continue their attacks."

Twenty-six Tamil civilians have been killed in three LRRP attacks and an aerial bombing in rebel stronghold of the Mullateevu area in the north since May 23, the group claimed.

The mail also urges Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese ethnic group to put pressure on the government to stop killing innocent Tamils.

The military strongly denies any LRRP involvements in killing Tamil civilians.

"Our LRRP never attack innocent civilians. LRRP is doing their attacks targeting LTTE cadres with arms," military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told Reuters.

"Ellalan Force is some LTTE-connected group. They wanted to somehow attack civilians, and get the provocation from the civilian forces and get the international attention for their work," he said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 10 08:52:40 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's LOLC Group To Build Ethanol Power Plant
yahoo, june 11. COLOMBO, June 11 Asia Pulse - Sri Lanka's LOLC group, which has taken over a defunct sugar firm in a public-private partnership, is planning to build an ethanol-based power plant, the company said.

LOLC and Brown & Company inked deal with the government in 2007 to revive Gal Oya Plantations, a defunct state sugar firm that was formerly known as Hingurana Sugar Industries. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 10 21:39:39 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: Fighting in northern region kills 31 Tamil rebels, 11 soldiers
Associated Press, Mon June 9, 2008 10:39 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Battles between government forces and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels across Sri Lanka - 's war-ravaged northern region killed 31 rebels and 11 soldiers, the military said Monday... Back to the top

LTTE sending favourable signals for Indian mediation: Minister, Monday, June 9, 2008 : 1850 Hrs. Tiruchirapalli (PTI): Sri Lanka's separatist group LTTE has sent "favourable signals" for India's role as a 'mediator' to end the vexed ethnic conflict in the island nation, Sri a Sri Lankan Tamil Minister said here on Monday... Back to the top

Fighting dirty in Sri Lanka, Jun 10, 2008 . BANGALORE - A series of bomb blasts in buses and trains in southern Sri Lanka in recent weeks has drawn attention to the increased targeting of civilians by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

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