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DECEMBER 20, 2008 EST, USA
 
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Navy sinks vessel carrying rebel arms off north-eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri December 19, 2008 21:50 EST . - - Colombo (dpa) - The Sri Lankan Navy destroyed a medium-sized vessel carrying a large quantity of military hardware for Tamil rebels in a pre-dawn raid off north-eastern Sri Lanka - , Defence Ministry spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said Saturday.

The vessel was spotted and confronted off Mullaitivu, 410 kilometres north-east of the capital, he said.

Four more boats attempting to provide escort to the rebel vessel were also sunk in the same area, he said.

Nanayakkara said that initial warnings were given for the vessel to stop, and instead the Navy was fired on, prompting the Navy to destroy the ship.

The vessel, with a length of approximately 30 to 40 metres, was engulfed in a ball of fire and sank, the Navy said.

The incident came as government troops backed by the Sri Lankan Air Force stepped up operations against Tamil rebels in the northern province after fierce fighting earlier in the week.

The military said that at least 120 rebels and 25 soldiers were killed and 10 soldiers were reported missing in the confrontations in the Kilinochchi district. Tamil rebels claim that more than 170 soldiers were killed in the battles.

The Sri Lankan military has been facing stiff resistance from the rebels as they attempt to enter the stronghold of Kilinochchi, 370 kilometres north of the capital.

Earlier, the government had vowed to crush the rebels before the end of 2008. dpa ad ff
Published: Sat Dec 20 02:49:14 EST 2008

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100 bus passengers saved as soldier nabs bomber
The Hindu, 20 Dec 2008. Colombo (PTI): Over 100 passengers travelling in a bus in Sri Lanka had a narrow escape when a suspected LTTE bomber was nabbed while trying to plant a briefcase full of explosives in the crowded vehicle.

The bomb was detected by an Army Sergeant on board the bus. His timely action saved the lives of nearly 100 innocent passengers last evening, army officials said here on Saturday. The bus was plying between Maharagama and North-western Kurunegala area, they said.

The armyman in the bus, who noticed the suspicious movement of a well-dressed "gentleman" carrying a brand new briefcase, tried to get the luggage away from him and that led to the uncovering of the explosives. The army officials said the briefcase contained explosives and detonator which was to be exploded at any given moment, it said.

The passengers then overpowered the bomber and handed him over to Padukka Police station. "Had that not been the presence of mind of the Army Sergeant, many precious lives of the passengers would have been blown to pieces once the bomber receives the signal," the army said in a statement. More...
Published: Sat Dec 20 14:24:06 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka navy destroys rebel arms ship: military
google.com, 20 december. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka's navy on Saturday destroyed a Tamil Tiger vessel carrying arms and other supplies off the island's northeastern coast, the defence ministry said.

Navy patrol craft "completely destroyed" the vessel of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) off the coast of Mullaittivu in a pre-dawn assault, the ministry said in a statement.

It said four more rebel craft in the area supporting the arms ship were also attacked by navy patrol craft.

"The enemy logistics vessel was completely destroyed," the statement said. "It is believed that the enemy vessel was carrying a large quantity of warlike materials to the LTTE since it sank engulfed in a ball of fire under the heavy naval fire." More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Dec 20 02:50:08 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka Govt. says no Xmas ceasefire with LTTE
hindu.com, December 20. Colombo (PTI): A fervent appeal by Catholic and Anglican bishops for a ceasefire with the LTTE during the Christmas and New Year season has failed to evoke a positive response from the Sri Lankan government, which vowed to continue with the offensive against the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : Dispute over gas price creates shortage
Associated Press, Fri December 19, 2008 11:39 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan government ignored a Supreme Court order to reduce state-set gas prices, declaring Friday that soaring fuel prices would remain unchanged... Back to the top

Govt. says no Xmas ceasefire with LTTE despite bishops appeal
hindu.com, 18 december. Colombo (PTI): A fervent appeal by Catholic and Anglican bishops for a ceasefire with the LTTE during the Christmas and New Year season has failed to evoke a positive response from the Sri Lankan government, which vowed to continue with the offensive against the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka May Start Easing Policy After Keeping Rates Unchanged
bloomberg.com, Dec 19, 2008. Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's central bank may start easing borrowing costs after keeping key interest rates unchanged today as it predicted inflation will slow more than earlier expected. The benchmark interest rate was left unchanged at 10.5 percent for a 22nd straight meeting, as the central bank sought to contain inflation that has stayed at more than 16 percent for over a year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Heavy fighting in battle for Kilinochchi
wsws.org, 18 december. Fierce fighting has continued this week as the Sri Lankan army presses its attack on the northern town of Kilinochchi, the administrative headquarters of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in the Wanni region... Back to the top

Sri Lankan air force bombs rebels
Associated Press, Fri December 19, 2008 07:40 EST . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan fighter jets and attack helicopters bombed rebel bunkers and a flotilla of boats in the northern war zone Friday as government troops breached another section of the Tamil Tigers defense fortifications, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to tour Pakistan
Associated Press, Fri December 19, 2008 03:51 EST . RIZWAN ALI - AP Sports Writer - ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) Sri Lanka - has confirmed it will tour Pakistan from next month, filling in after India withdrew from its scheduled tour in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks... Back to the top

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