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Sri Lankan troops capture rebel town
Associated Press, Wed October 29, 2008 06:03 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Troops captured a small village in northern Sri Lanka - on Wednesday, pushing ahead with their offensive against the Tamil Tigers hours after the rebel group launched a brazen airstrike on the capital, the military said.

Soldiers fought for hours with the rebels, known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, before taking control of the town of Jayapura and cutting off yet another small part of the rebels' de facto state in the north, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

``The LTTE have retreated due to the resistance of the army,'' he said.

The government, which has pushed deep into the Tamil Tiger heartland, has vowed to destroy the rebel group by the end of the year and win the 25-year-old civil war plaguing this Indian Ocean island nation.

However, the rebels have repeatedly shown they retain the capacity to carry out startling attacks on the government.

Late Tuesday, the Tamil Tigers' rudimentary air force bombed a power station on the outskirts of Colombo, taking the fight to the government. The military raked the sky over the capital with anti-aircraft fire and scanned the skies with searchlights.

The attack marked the first time rebel planes bombed the capital in more than a year.

The bombing damaged some turbines at the power station, officials said. A worker hospitalized after the attack died on Wednesday, said Nanayakkara.

The military, embarrassed by the continuing bombing runs by the rebels' tiny fleet of small planes, said it was searching for the attacking aircraft, which apparently escaped back into rebel-held area after the attack.

``We are of course targeting the locations where they are having their aircraft, and at the same time, whenever they are airborne ... we send our aircraft to engage,'' Nanayakkara said.

The attack began late Tuesday when rebel aircraft dropped three bombs on an army base in the Mannar district in the north, injuring three soldiers, the military said.

About an hour later, aircraft struck the power station in Colombo, far to the south of the initial strike.

It was also not clear if the plane that attacked Colombo was the same aircraft that attacked Mannar or if there were two planes, Nanayakkara said.

Such attacks are a huge morale boost for the reeling rebels.

The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent state for minority Tamils, who have suffered marginalization at the hands of successive governments controlled by the Sinhalese majority. The conflict has killed more than 70,000 people.

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Published: Wed Oct 29 07:46:00 EDT 2008

LTTE breaches Colombo security, Oct 29, 2008. COLOMBO: An LTTE light-wing aircraft dropped two improvised bombs on the Kelanitissa power station, on the outskirts of Colombo, after dropping three bombs on a military camp in Mannar district, on Tuesday night.

It is not clear if the same aircraft bombed both targets. Though the radar had detected the movement of the aircraft and the air defence system was activated, the aircraft returned to its “base” in Wanni. Defence analysts are surprised as to how the LTTE aircraft managed to penetrate Colombo’s airspace and managed to sneak back without being intercepted.

The appearance of aircraft led to panic in Colombo as anti-aircraft guns fired in the high security zone housing the harbour, Presidential Office and several hotels. The confusion was confounded as the authorities switched off power for a couple of hours.

“The aircraft would have travelled at least 600 km both ways and remained in the air space for at least 80 minutes. It is a mystery as to how and why the military failed to bring it down. It is a major security lapse More...
Published: Wed Oct 29 23:21:03 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Jayalalithaa permitted to move court with regard to threat letter
hindu, Oct 30. CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Wednesday permitted counsel for the AIADMK general secretary, Jayalalithaa, to move the court on Thursday with regard to a letter, which issued a “final warning to her not to interfere in the Tamil Eelam LTTE issue”.

Counsel for Ms.Jayalalithaa, A. Navaneethakrishnan and L.P. Shanmugasundaram, told Justice M. Jaichandren in his chamber this afternoon regarding the receipt of the letter by the former Chief Minister.

Mr. Justice Jaichandren permitted counsel to move the court in the matter on Thursday.

In the letter from “Ulagath Thamizh Ina Paadukaappu Kazhagam (Bangkok branch), headquarters at Canada-910002,” the organisation’s “Aasia Thitta Aluvalar, Ve. Thamizhmaenthan” asked the former Chief Minister to mind her business and not to indulge in a “false campaign” against the Tamil Eelam LTTE in Tamil Nadu. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Oct 29 20:31:53 EDT 2008 Back to the top

LTTE launches back-to-back air raids in Mannar and Colombo
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, October 28, 2008, 11.35 p.m.. Two back-to-back air raids were carried out by the Tamil Tiger rebels a little while ago in Mannar and Colombo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka women stars 'jobless'
bbc, oct 30. Five members of Sri Lanka's women's cricket team claim to have lost their day jobs because they refused to give up their cricket careers... Back to the top

State TV: Tamil rebels bomb Sri Lanka power plant
Associated Press, Tue October 28, 2008 15:12 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) State television reports that a Tamil Tiger aircraft has bombed a power plant in the Sri Lankan capital... Back to the top

Tamil rebels bomb power station in Sri Lankan capital+
Associated Press, Wed October 29, 2008 04:27 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Oct. 29 (Kyodo) A key power station in the Sri Lankan capital was damaged by a Tamil Tiger air raid on Tuesday night, with officials of the state-owned power utility confirming Wednesday a steam power plant was damaged and the oil cooling unit of a second plant was set ablaze. The power station control room had also been damaged, an official said on condition of anonymity... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebel aircraft attack near Colombo
Associated Press, Wed October 29, 2008 00:57 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan rebels launched a brazen airstrike on a power station on the outskirts of Colombo, plunging the capital into darkness as the military fought back with a wave of anti-aircraft fire... Back to the top

Tamil rebels attack breakaway group in Sri Lanka , four killed
Associated Press, Tue October 28, 2008 07:13 EDT . - - Colombo (dpa) - Tamil rebels attacked an office of a breakaway group, killing four persons in eastern Sri Lanka - where the military regained control after nearly a year of fighting, military officials said Tuesday... Back to the top

Heavy fighting on northern fronts in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue October 28, 2008 05:11 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government forces and Tamil Tiger separatists fought pitched battles in the rain and mud in a ring of villages outside the rebel administrative capital in northern Sri Lanka - , the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

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