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2006-08-22 07:23:40

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Bomb squad officers defused explosives strapped to a vegetable-laden pushbike at a market in Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday, hours after officials in the U.S. said they had arrested suspected rebel arms procurers in a surface-to-air missile sting. The bomb squad said suspected Tamil Tigers had packed 15 kg of explosives around a Claymore mine, a weapon often used on the military in recent months. The device was found during a random check in...

2006-08-22 04:18:36

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Bomb squad officers defused explosives strapped to a vegetable-laden pushbike at a market in Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday, just hours after officials in the U.S. said they had arrested suspected rebel arms procurers. The bomb squad said suspected Tamil Tiger rebels had packed 15 kg of explosives around a Claymore fragmentation mine, a weapon often used on the military in recent months. The device was found during a random check in Borella...

2006-08-22 02:13:29

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Bomb squad officers defused explosives strapped to a vegetable-laden pushbike at a market in Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday, just hours after U.S. officials said they had arrested suspected rebel arms procurers. Officials said suspected Tamil Tiger rebels had packed 15 kg of explosives around a Claymore fragmentation mine, a weapon often used on the military in recent months. Bomb squad officers said the device was found during a random check in...

2006-08-21 21:46:29

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Thousands of hungry Sri Lankan Tamils, trapped by a new bout of war between the Tamil Tigers and the military, desperately waited on Tuesday for aid to be shipped north, as suspected rebel arms procurers were arrested in the United States. U.S. officials said overnight more than a dozen people were arrested on suspicion of trying to provide money and surface-to-air missiles to the Tigers, amid a probe across more than 10 countries. Sporadic...

2006-08-21 08:35:52

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's foreign ceasefire monitoring mission will temporarily withdraw to the capital, it said on Monday, as aid staff and officials loaded a first ship headed for the besieged northern Jaffna peninsula. The mission had been designed to monitor a 2002 ceasefire, but government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels have been on the offensive for weeks, and the monitors stuck in the middle. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) had already been due to...

2006-08-21 06:37:17

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan officials and aid staff on Monday loaded the first supply ship to the besieged north after weeks of fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels. The ship was due to sail from the capital for Jaffna later on Monday, flying the Red Cross flag and carrying food from the government and United Nations. Many Jaffna residents have registered with government and Red Cross officials to get out, but officials say the plan is to...

2006-08-21 01:38:39

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The shops are nearly empty, electricity is available for an hour a day and only a few telephone lines work in the besieged Sri Lankan town of Jaffna. Cut off for a week by fighting between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels, life on the northern Jaffna peninsula is hard. Now, many want to escape, but they cannot. "If this continues, Jaffna's economy will be crippled and our people will be destroyed," said 43-year-old Ponmiah Tharmalingam, an...

2006-08-19 03:12:29

By Jonathan Lyons, Asia Security Correspondent COLOMBO (Reuters) - The government-held city of Jaffna, cut off by fighting between Sri Lankan forces and Tamil Tiger rebels, faced dwindling food supplies and soaring prices on Saturday but no real panic, aid workers and witnesses from the beleaguered town say. One city resident told Reuters by telephone that prices for staples were up more than three-fold, with petrol selling for more than four times the going price before the latest...

2006-08-18 06:54:37

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan jets hit the Tamil Tiger front line on Friday as fighting raged on the northern Jaffna peninsula, cut off by the rebels, and residents with foreign passports begged their embassies to get them out. Almost three weeks of ground fighting, the first since a 2002 ceasefire, has left the government-held Jaffna enclave largely cut off and areas near the port of Trincomalee under intermittent artillery fire. "In Jaffna, it's becoming almost a...

2006-08-18 01:27:34

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka sent additional troops to the northern front lines in its fight with Tamil Tiger guerrillas, as some aid workers pulled back on Friday to escape ever closer artillery fire. Almost three weeks of the first ground fighting with Tiger rebels since a 2002 ceasefire has left the northern government-held Jaffna enclave largely cut off and areas near the port of Trincomalee under intermittent artillery fire. The army said on Friday the night was...


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