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2006-07-17 08:03:35

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed a soldier and a sailor and injured 11 other people, including four civilians, in a series of deadly mine ambushes in northern and eastern Sri Lanka on Monday, officials said. The soldier was killed in a blast in the northern army-held Jaffna peninsula, while a sailor was killed and four others were injured in the eastern district of Trincomalee. Another blast hit the northwestern district of Mannar -- all three districts heavily...

2006-07-04 03:30:19

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - With a ceasefire in tatters and frequent clashes between soldiers and suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka's north, residents say law and order is breaking down as criminals take advantage of the chaos. Both sides deny it, but human rights observers say the military and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) appear to be carrying out abductions and killings. On the streets of the town of Jaffna, residents have much to fear. "I am really scared to...

2006-07-03 00:46:11

By Peter Apps KATTANKUDI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - As violence rages between Sri Lanka's government and ethnic Tamil Tiger rebels, the island's Muslim minority says it is caught in the middle, and there is talk of an armed "Jihad" group emerging if war returns. The third-largest group on an island dominated by Sinhalese Buddhists, Sri Lanka's Muslims -- who share the language of the Hindu and Christian Tamil minority -- have long had a difficult relationship with the Liberation Tigers...

2006-06-28 08:25:00

By Simon Gardner POONTHOTTAM CAMP, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Odd-job man Krishnaswamy Rajah has spent most of his adult life in a decrepit camp for thousands of ethnic Tamils displaced by Sri Lanka's two-decade civil war, and can see no way out. The 31-year-old moved here near the northern town of Vavuniya from the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi nine years ago. The basic living space in a long corrugated-roof hut housing 20 families is the only home his 5-year-old daughter has ever known. "Life...

2006-06-24 08:48:33

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers on Saturday extended a deadline for European Union truce monitors to withdraw from the island, while the army accused the rebels of shooting dead two soldiers in the northwest. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have thrown the Nordic Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission into crisis by insisting that staff from three Scandinavian EU member states are withdrawn after the bloc banned the rebels as a terrorist group. The...

2006-05-16 07:52:59

By Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi ALLAIPADDY, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Plagued by the sight of the bloodied corpses of 12 relatives gunned down in this quiet Sri Lankan fishing village, ethnic Tamil Niroshani Konsaru is too afraid to go home. Huddled with hundreds of fellow villagers at their local church on Sri Lanka's northern tip after a weekend attack by unidentified gunmen, Konsaru yearns to flee her quiet islet and head far away from growing signs of a resumed civil war. "I heard...

2006-05-11 09:25:50

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's air force bombed Tamil Tiger territory near their northern headquarters on Thursday after rebels attacked a naval transporter with hundreds of servicemen on board and sank two fast attack vessels. The air force scrambled fighter jets and helicopter gunships to the area in the worst outbreak of trouble since a 2002 ceasefire halted two decades of civil war, officials said. "The air force has bombed our territory, but nothing has fallen...

2006-05-08 02:55:45

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - A top Japanese envoy met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse on Monday to try and salvage the island's battered peace process, as Tamil Tiger rebels accused the army of killing civilians. A vicious spike of suspected rebel attacks, ethnic riots, land and sea clashes, government air strikes and unsolved killings of civilians have killed more than 200 in the last month, raising fears of a return to civil war. On Monday, the Liberation Tigers of...

2006-05-08 00:11:39

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels accused Sri Lanka's army of killing civilians on Monday, ahead of a meeting between a top Japanese envoy and President Mahinda Rajapakse. A vicious spike of suspected rebel attacks, ethnic riots, land and sea clashes, government air strikes and unsolved killings of civilians have killed more than 200 in the last month, raising fears of a return to civil war. On Monday, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) website accused...

2006-05-05 08:19:14

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy and air force hit Tamil Tiger targets on land and sea in the island's northwest on Friday, officials said, while a policeman died in a fragmentation mine attack, further straining a battered 2002 ceasefire. More than 200 people have died in violence over the past month, raising fears a two decade civil war between government forces and the rebels might resume in full force. Both sides say they want talks, but until thorny...