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2006-01-17 08:55:17

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tigers launched several attacks on Sri Lankan troops on Tuesday while Nordic truce monitors said they were suspending operations in the east because of security fears. The army said one soldier had been killed and thirteen military personnel wounded in two claymore mine attacks in the minority Tamil-dominated north and east, while two civilians died in the crossfire. Two more civilians, including a known rebel sympathizer, were shot...

2006-01-12 06:52:38

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed 8 sailors in a fragmentation mine ambush on a main supply route in the island's north on Thursday, the Navy said, amid growing fears of a return to civil war. The strike in army-held territory in the north-central district of Vavuniya comes after a series of similar mine attacks killed 39 military personnel in December. "A Navy bus exploded due to a claymore mine attack," a Navy spokesman said. "It is eight...

2006-01-11 10:22:50

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Unidentified men kidnapped two Sri Lankans working for a Danish mine clearing charity in the north on Wednesday, the charity said, while the army said it had foiled an ambush amid rising fears of a return to war. A string of Tamil Tiger rebel attacks on troops since early December has stretched a 2002 truce to breaking point, while the rebels say reported army abuses -- including kidnappings -- could rekindle a conflict that has already killed...

2006-01-10 19:55:02

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - If Sri Lanka's two-decade-old civil war flares again, as many fear it will, Tamil Tiger rebels are likely to launch an assault on northern Jaffna as well as hit-and-run guerrilla attacks on supply lines, analysts say. The Jaffna peninsula is seen by the rebels as the center of a future Tamil homeland, but they have held it only intermittently in the past and it is now under government control, albeit surrounded by Tiger territory. "Jaffna is their...

2006-01-08 06:33:30

By Peter Apps JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Speeding along the rough roads of the Sri Lankan army-held Jaffna peninsula, guarded by armored vehicles front and back, convoys transporting troops near Tamil rebel-held areas take no chances. While a 2002 ceasefire is still technically holding, a string of suspected claymore fragmentation mine attacks on patrols and convoys in December -- the deadliest month by far since the truce -- killed 39 military personnel. Most troops patrolling...

2006-01-08 00:44:17

By Peter Apps JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Speeding along the rough roads of the Sri Lankan army-held Jaffna peninsula, guarded by armored vehicles front and back, convoys transporting troops near Tamil rebel-held areas take no chances. While a 2002 ceasefire is still technically holding, a string of suspected claymore fragmentation mine attacks on patrols and convoys in December -- the deadliest month by far since the truce -- killed 39 military personnel. Most troops patrolling...

2005-12-29 22:45:36

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels fired at police in Sri Lanka's war-ravaged north before dawn on Friday, the military said, as Norway's top peace envoy planned to visit the island amid surging fears of a return to civil war. Troops scoured roadside vegetation in military-held areas in the north and east for deadly claymore fragmentation mines that have killed 39 armed forces personnel in ambushes this month, and analysts said the intensity of a rash...

2005-12-28 08:20:00

By Simon Gardner POLIKANDY EAST, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Watching a fish auction in Sri Lanka's tsunami-battered North, closely watched by troops, ex-London disc jockey Mahendrakumar Visvanathapillai is sick of what he sees as the military occupation of his homeland. The 33-year-old Tamil fled to Britain in 1990 after his sister and cousins were killed during Sri Lanka's two-decade civil war, and only returned to sell motorbikes after the government signed a ceasefire with the Tamil Tigers in...

2005-12-28 00:38:57

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Troops searched for Tamil Tiger rebels and claymore mines in military-held areas in Sri Lanka's north and east on Wednesday as the toll from a deadly ambush that raised fears of a return to civil war rose to 12. Tuesday's attack in the island's far north, which killed 10 soldiers on the spot and claimed the lives overnight of two others, was one of the deadliest incidents since a 2002 ceasefire and the second such attack in less than a week. "We...

2005-12-27 23:40:26

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Troops searched for Tamil Tiger rebels and claymore mines in military-held areas in Sri Lanka's north and east on Wednesday as the toll from a deadly ambush that raised fears of a return to civil war rose to 12. Tuesday's attack in the island's far north, which killed 10 soldiers on the spot and claimed the lives overnight of two others, was one of the deadliest incidents since a 2002 ceasefire and the second such attack in less than a week. "We are conducting...


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