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Sri Lanka to probe policemen massacre
xinhuanet.com, 2008-06-1. COLOMBO, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lanka government said Friday it will launch a probe into a massacre of some 400 policemen by the rebel Tamil Tigers 18 years ago.

The National Security Media Center said in a statement that a probe would soon commence on the massacre of 401 policemen in the Eastern Province on June 11, 1990.

"Some 401 unarmed policemen were massacred by the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) in the Batticaloa, Ampara and Trincomalee areas," the MCNS statement said.

The government was also blaming the main opposition United National Party (UNP) for the killing of the policemen.

The UNP was the ruling party then. The statement alleged that the policemen were ordered by the government to surrender to the LTTE as part of an agreement between the then government and the LTTE.

There was no immediate response from the UNP to the government's statement. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jun 13 12:56:05 EDT 2008


Sri Lankan rebels say 27 child soldiers released
google.com, 2008-06-13. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said Friday they had released 27 more child soldiers, and contested a United Nations estimate that over 1,000 under-age fighters were still in rebel ranks.

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Published: Fri Jun 13 12:57:16 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Stop Tamil Tigers raising money in UK
timesonline.co.uk, June 13. Britain stands accused of applying double standards to its counter-terrorism policy because a banned Tamil militant group is being allowed to raise money among expatriates in London.

President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka said that supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were able to raise millions of pounds each year from the Tamil community in Britain, some of whom were coerced into donating the money.

“You can't have two different attitudes towards terrorism,” he told The Times this week during a visit to London for a Commonwealth meeting, where he raised the issue with Gordon Brown. “I don't agree that there are good terrorists and bad terrorists. There is only one kind of terrorist.”

There are about 150,000 Tamils living in Britain, mostly in North London. The Sri Lankans estimate that £70million is sent home every year. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jun 12 21:53:52 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Toronto Student Held In Sri Lanka
nationalpost.com, June 13, 2008. A Toronto man has been arrested in Sri Lanka after police seized an array of electronics, including heat-seeking devices, that were shipped from Canada... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's military says fighter jets bomb rebel positions; 15 killed in ground fighting
Associated Press, Thu June 12, 2008 11:25 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's air force bombed a Tamil Tiger rebel explosives warehouse and an ammunition factory Thursday, a day after infantry clashes in the country's embattled north killed 13 rebels and two soldiers, the military said... Back to the top

Fighting in Sri Lanka 's north and east kills 11 rebels, 2 soldiers, military says
Associated Press, Fri June 13, 2008 04:22 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A wave of battles broke out between Sri Lankan forces and Tamil Tiger separatists, killing 11 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka jets bomb Tiger weapons stock: military
google.com, June 13. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lankan war planes destroyed a suspected Tamil Tiger rebel arms manufacturing facility in the island's north on Thursday as ground battles killed 15 people, the defence ministry said... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers in Britain
economist.com, Jun 12th 2008. TERRORISM normally makes front-page news in Britain, so it was odd that the four Asian men charged with terrorist offences last month scarcely made the papers... Back to the top

No role for India in Sri Lanka for now, says LTTE
hindustantimes.com, June 12, 2008. India cannot make "any healthy, fruitful contribution" to resolving Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict until it changes its mind on the Tamil Tigers' struggle for an independent state, a rebel leader has said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Soldiers Attack Rebel Leader Prabhakaran's Hideout
bloomberg.com, June 12, 2008. June 12 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan soldiers are closing in on Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's hideout in the northern region of country, the Defense Ministry said... Back to the top

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