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Military: Suicide bomber kills 27 in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Oct 6. KRISHAN FRANCIS

Associated Press Writer

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A suspected rebel suicide bomber blew himself up Monday inside a crowded opposition party office in northern Sri Lanka, killing a former army general and 26 others.

Retired Maj. Gen. Janaka Perera and his wife were among the 27 dead and at least 80 more were wounded in the bomb attack at the United National Party office in Anuradhapura town, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

The blast came as government troops and Tamil Tiger fighters battled for control of the rebels' administrative capital in the northern town of Kilinochchi.

The suicide bomber was a Tamil Tiger rebel who apparently targeted Perera because of his successes against the separatist cause during his years in the military, Nanayakkara said.

The attack occurred at about 8:45 a.m. Monday as officials from the United National Party gathered to open a new office. The blast also killed Rashmi Mohamed, a television journalist who was covering the opening.

Wearing a hidden explosives vest, the assailant ``embraced the former commander'' before detonating, the rebel-affiliated TamilNet Web site reported, noting that Perera played a key role in evicting Tamils from northeastern villages in 1984 to settle ethnic Sinhalese there.

Perera was lauded as a war hero in Sri Lanka for his repeated confrontations with the rebels and his role in halting a major guerrilla advance in 2000 into the Jaffna peninsula, the cultural heartland of the country's minority Tamils.

But he was also a critic of the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and became a leader in recent months of the opposition United National Party. In August the retired officer won a seat in the north-central provincial assembly.

The United National Party, meanwhile, accused the government of ignoring repeated requests for a stronger security detail for Perera _ an open critic of the way Colombo has conducted its military campaign against the rebels.

``The government must take full responsibility. They did not give him adequate security for political reasons,'' party official Tissa Attanayake said, without elaborating.

Condemning the attack, Rajapaksa said the Tamil Tiger group faces ``severe setbacks'' in its northern strongholds and ``is now making every attempt to create violent backlashes in other parts of the country.'' He urged the public ``to act cautiously in the face of such provocation.''

Just hours before the attack, a roadside bomb killed two civilians and wounded another in a village near Anuradhapura.

Rebel officials could not be reached for comment on either attack because communication lines have been cut to guerrilla-dominated areas in the north.

The rebels, banned as a terrorist group in the United States and the European Union, are said to have carried out more than 240 suicide bombings against military, political and economic targets.

The Tamil Tigers began fighting in 1983 to create an independent homeland for the country's ethnic minority Tamils who have faced years of discrimination at the hands of governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.

Meanwhile, fighting continued Sunday along the northern front lines separating the government territory and the rebels' de facto capital, killing 14 rebels and one soldier, a military statement said.Discuss this story
Published: Mon Oct 6 11:57:28 EDT 2008

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On DMK pressure, Lanka asked to show restraint
ET, OCT 7. NEW DELHI: The Centre has expressed `unhappiness’ over the growing number of Tamil casualties in the ongoing Lankan military offensive and asked the Rajapakse government to act with `restraint,’ as also against unharmed Indian fishermen.

In a departure from the norm, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan summoned Sri Lankan deputy high commissioner G G A D Palithaganegoda to ``express India’s grave concern and unhappiness at the growing casualties of unarmed Tamil civilians as a result of military action.’’

The Centre’s move is seen to have been necessitated by Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi’s request to the Centre. Usually, such diplomatic summons are sent out by the external affairs ministry. But due to the `political’ nature of the issue, Mr Narayanan was chosen to send out the tough message to the Lankan government, sources said.

``The escalation of hostilities in the north and the resultant fall out was leading to a great deal of concern in India,’’ said MEA on Mr Narayanan’s summoning of the Lankan diplomat. ``It was pointed out that there was need for the Sri Lankan government to act with greater restraint and address the growing feeling of insecurity among the minority community,’’ the MEA said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Oct 6 23:03:35 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka's former rebel leader to become legislator
China View, Mon Oct 06, 2008. COLOMBO, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- A former Tamil Tiger rebel militant leader is to enter Sri Lanka's parliament as a legislator, elections officials said Monday.

Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna, the former powerful eastern commander of the Liberation Tigers of Eelam (LTTE), will take oaths as an appointed government member of parliament on Tuesday.

The Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake has already issued relevant gazette notification announcing Muralitharan's appointment to parliament.

Karuna broke ranks with the mainstream LTTE in early 2004, accusing the leadership dominated by the northern Tamils of discriminating the eastern Tamils.

He then formed his own political party Thamil Makkal ViduthalaiPuligal (Tamil Peoples Liberation Tigers) or TMVP.

His party now controls the island's Eastern Provincial Council.

The 43-years-old former rebel leader has led many successful attacks against government troops in their long drawn-out conflict with Sinhalese dominated governments. More...
Published: Mon Oct 6 09:14:59 EDT 2008 Back to the top


CHRONOLOGY-Major bombings in Sri Lanka blamed on Tamil Tigers
reuters.com, Mon OCT 06, 2008. Oct. 6 (Reuters) -- Sri Lankan authorities blamed a Monday suicide blast in an ancient tourist town which killed at least 26 people, including a popular retired army general who had turned to politics, on the Tamil Tiger rebels.

The Tigers are credited with perfecting the suicide bomb as a weapon in a 25-year war against Sri Lanka's government, and have killed hundreds including top politicians in bombings, suicide or otherwise... Back to the top


Military: Suicide bomber kills 22 in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon October 6, 2008 01:07 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew up an opposition party office Monday in a town in northern Sri Lanka - killing about 20 people, including a former army officer, the military said... Back to the top

World Bank Country Assistance Strategy Dissemination Workshop Opening Remarks
World Bank - News & Broadcast, Mon Oct 06, 2008. Naoko Ishii, World Bank Country Director

Colombo, Sri Lanka

October 6 2008

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Roadside bomb kills 2 in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun October 5, 2008 23:38 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military says a roadside bomb has exploded, killing two civilians and wounding another in the country's war-torn north... Back to the top

Lankan Air Force pounds LTTE base, 25 LTTE militants killed
Press Trust of India, Mon Oct 06, 2008. T V Sriram

Colombo, Oct 6 (PTI) Sri Lankan Air force jets today pounded two LTTE artillery launching pads in the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi, as 25 Tamil Tigers, three soldiers and two civilians died during fierce clashes between the army and the rebels in the island nation's embattled north... Back to the top


Sri Lanka prepares massive war budget for 2009
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Sri Lanka says 34 dead as fighting nears rebel HQ
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Sri Lanka urges LTTE surrender
aljazeera.net, October 05, 2008 . Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, the Sri Lankan army chief, has called on the leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to give themselves up as the military continues its advance towards their de facto capital... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Tigers face major setback, but war far from over
afp, oct 5. COLOMBO (AFP) - The widely expected fall of the Tamil Tigers' political capital would mark the separatists' biggest loss in 13 years, analysts say, but add Sri Lanka's drawn-out ethnic conflict is far from over... Back to the top

More Sri Lanka war refugees register on police order
reuters.com, Sun Oct 5, 2008 3:06pm . COLOMBO (Reuters) - Thousands of Sri Lankans who fled to Colombo in the past five years lined up to register on police orders on Sunday, part of a government security drive to keep Tamil Tiger rebel infiltrators out of the capital city... Back to the top

Vanni food convoys 'to continue'
BBC News, Sunday October 05, 2008. Convoys of food and essential supplies for the displaced in the Vanni to continue in the coming weeks, Sri Lanka authorities said... Back to the top

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