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Kilinochchi to be captured soon: Sri Lanka
hindu, sep 29. COLOMBO: The Air Force claimed it bombed LTTE targets in the north in the past 24 hours amid indications from the military that troops are in the vicinity of Kilinochchi, the LTTE’s administrative headquarters.

“It is a matter of a few more days at the most before the troops descend on Kilinochchi town. As per our intelligence reports, the Tigers have virtually vacated their administrative headquarters and it has been reduced to a ghost town,” said an Army spokesperson on Sunday.

If the military indeed wrests control of Kilinochchi, it would be for the second time since 1997 the town would be under government control. The military believes that unlike in the past, the soldiers have now encircled the LTTE to inflict maximum damage to its military assets. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Sep 28 19:56:11 EDT 2008

Two hurt in Colombo blast; fighting rages in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon September 29, 2008 05:28 EDT . - - Colombo (dpa) An explosion injured two people Monday in Sri Lanka - 's capital as government troops advanced on a Tamil rebel stronghold in the north after killing an estimated 25 guerillas and losing one soldier overnight, military officials said. The army vowed to regain control of rebel-held territory in the north before the end of the year after it recaptured all of eastern Sri Lanka - last year from the LTTE, which is seeking an autonomous homeland for Sri Lanka - 's Tamil ethnic minority. dpa ad tl ls
Published: Mon Sep 29 06:51:19 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Bomb hits Sri Lanka capital, fighting kills 21
Associated Press, Mon September 29, 2008 07:05 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil separatists set off a bomb in a parking lot in Sri Lanka - 's capital Monday, wounding three people a day after fighting in the country's intensifying civil war killed 20 rebels and one soldier, the military said. The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent state for Sri Lanka - 's minority Tamils following decades of marginalization by governments dominated by the Sinhalese majority.
Published: Mon Sep 29 07:36:34 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says 30 killed in new fighting
Associated Press, Sun September 28, 2008 01:48 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A wave of fighting in Sri Lanka - 's civil war killed 25 Tamil Tiger rebels and five soldiers, the military said Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says 21 killed in latest fighting
Associated Press, Mon September 29, 2008 05:00 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Heavy fighting in Sri Lanka - 's intensifying civil war killed 20 Tamil Tiger rebels and one soldier, the military said Monday... Back to the top

Suicide bomb kills civilian, wounds 8 in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun September 28, 2008 07:47 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A suspected Tamil Tiger rebel suicide bomber blew up near a vehicle carrying police in a northern Sri Lankan town Sunday, killing a civilian and wounding eight others, the military said... Back to the top

Lanka allows UN to go with food supplies to LTTE areas, Sept 28, 2008. Colombo (PTI): In an apparent shift in stand, Sri Lanka has allowed UN officials to accompany the food convoy to the LTTE held areas barely two weeks after asking the world body to pull out of the rebel controlled regions in the North... Back to the top

Fighting in Sri Lanka claims 17: military, Sept 28, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — Fresh fighting around Sri Lanka's embattled northern region left 17 combatants dead on both sides, the defence ministry said Sunday... Back to the top

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