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JUNE 15, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 71


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Sri Lanka Suicide Bombing Kills 12 Police Personnel
bloomberg, June 16. June 16 (Bloomberg) -- A suicide bomb attack in northern Sri Lanka today killed 12 police personnel and injured 23 people, including school children, the military said.

The bomber detonated explosives on a motorcycle outside the Senior Superintendent of Police's office complex in the town of Vavuniya at about 7:10 a.m., the Defense Ministry said. It blamed the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the attack that included three female police officers among the dead.

``The LTTE targeted both the police and civilians by carrying out this attack on the main road,'' military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said by telephone from the capital, Colombo. The blast came ``when a change of duty took place.'' More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 15 23:34:51 EDT 2008

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Sri Lanka air force bombs rebel positions, 17 killed in other clashes
Associated Press, Sun June 15, 2008 04:45 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's air force destroyed a Tamil Tiger rebel base in the north Sunday, a day after 15 insurgents and two soldiers were killed in ground fighting, the military said.

Pilots said ``the entire terrorist complex was on fire after the airstrike'' in Puthukudiyiruppu village in the rebel-held Mullaitivu district, according to a military statement.

Rebels had been armor-plating and mounting guns onto vehicles at the complex, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

Separately, several ground battles broke out in the northern Mannar and Welioya fronts on Saturday, killing 15 insurgents and two soldiers, the statement said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan said the airstrikes hit a civilian area, killing two people, and denied that any rebel had died in the fighting Saturday.

It was not possible to verify the conflicting claims because reporters are not allowed into the northern war zone. Both sides routinely release contradictory reports on the war, exaggerating the damage on the opposing side while playing down their own losses.

The Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for Sri Lanka's ethnic minority Tamils who have faced decades of marginalization by governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese.

Soldiers have been trying for the past few months to push into the rebels' de facto state from four fronts. The government had promised to capture the rebel territory by the end of this year. Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 15 11:30:07 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka raises new debt despite warnings, June 15, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Saturday sought investors to buy $200 million worth of bonds despite warnings from credit rating agencies and international lenders that the island is depending too much on debt.

The latest debt-raising move comes as Sri Lanka, locked in a long-running ethnic conflict with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels since 1972, has been on an overseas borrow spree to pay for development projects. The new securities, known as Sri Lanka Development Bonds, will be offered in maturities ranging from two to five years to local and foreign investors, the central bank said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jun 14 23:07:30 EDT 2008 Back to the top

20 killed in Lanka clashes, jets destroy LTTE facility, June 15. Colombo, June 15(PTI) Sri Lankan Air Force jets destroyed a key LTTE combat logistic facility in a rebel stronghold today as fierce ground clashes killed 17 Tamil Tigers and two soldiers in the island's embattled north, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says 17 dead as troops take rebel territory, june 15. Troops have wrested control of a key stretch of territory held by Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka after heavy clashes that killed 15 guerrillas and two soldiers, the defence ministry said... Back to the top

Burning less bright?
ECONOMIST, june 14. 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

Sri Lanka s former rebel group holds up panel for political solution, 2008-06-13 21:09:22. COLOMBO, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government said Friday that an all political party representatives' panel is delaying its proceedings until a minority Tamil ex-militant group named its representatives to the panel... Back to the top

UN rights forum urges Sri Lanka to probe killings, Fri Jun 13, 2008. GENEVA, June 13 (Reuters) - The United Nations Human Rights Council called on Sri Lanka on Friday to investigate allegations of killings and disappearances and prosecute those responsible, including members of government security forces... Back to the top

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