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2006-04-25 21:13:23

COLOMBO (Reuters) - New explosions were heard from Tamil Tiger territory in Sri Lanka's east on Wednesday in what appeared to be more air strikes on the rebels, but a military spokesman had no information on the attacks. The government said it had launched attacks on Tiger territory on Tuesday after an attack on naval patrol boats near the northeastern port of Trincomalee, and a suspected suicide bomb in the capital killed nine and wounded the army commander. "There are new...

2006-04-25 03:37:24

By Lindsay Beck COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers called on mediator Norway on Tuesday to pressure the government to accept its conditions for returning to peace talks and said Colombo was fomenting violence by backing paramilitary groups. In an open letter to Norwegian peace envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer, Tiger political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan said the government was to blame for a wave of violence many fear could lead to the breakdown of a 2002 ceasefire and a return...

2006-04-22 00:28:03

By Peter Apps SERUNUWARA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Attacks by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels and ethnic riots are fuelling rising tension in Sri Lanka's multi-ethnic east, making peace talks more difficult than ever. Shops are shut and supplies are becoming scarce as trucking firms avoid an area that in the past two weeks has seen the worst violence since the island's 2002 ceasefire. The blast of claymore fragmentation mines, the crack of AK-47 fire and the duller thud-thud of machine...

2006-04-20 23:49:48

COLOMBO (Reuters) - A claymore mine blast killed a guard and wounded a police officer in northeast Sri Lanka on Friday, in an attack the army blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels, the latest violence threatening the island's fragile truce. The blast, which occurred near the northeastern port city of Trincomalee, came a day after the Tigers said they were postponing indefinitely talks with the government initially set for next week, despite the efforts of a Norwegian peace envoy. "It was a...

2006-04-03 00:16:16

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - A breakaway faction of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers vowed on Monday to shoot dead supporters of the mainstream rebel group unless they return thousands of homes and businesses appropriated from Muslims in the 1990s. The group led by breakaway former commander Colonel Karuna, who is locked in a deadly feud with the Tigers that threatens to rekindle a two-decade civil war, told Reuters it will also hunt down three top rebels and hand them to Nordic...

2006-03-01 02:08:17

By Peter Apps KARAKADAICHANI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Residents of this thin strip of rebel territory look across to government-held land, just a few hundred meters away across a no-man's land of mined scrub and lagoons, and regard it with a mixture of envy and fear. A 2002 truce halted 20 years of civil war in Sri Lanka and left the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in control of a seventh of the island in the minority Tamil-dominated north and east. "We need proper peace,"...

2006-02-27 01:11:45

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - People have returned to the streets in Sri Lanka's multi-ethnic east after talks between the government and Tamil Tigers pulled the island back from the brink of war, but distrust remains. A month ago, Reuters found Malika Ponuthurai, her children and grandchildren living in an overcrowded church hall with more than 100 other minority Tamils after violence and threats forced them from their multi-ethnic village. Now, she is home...

2006-01-23 04:57:34

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed and killed three soldiers in Sri Lanka's restive east on Monday, as a Norwegian peace broker flew in to begin a last-ditch bid to avert a slide back into civil war. The patrol was ambushed with a deadly claymore fragmentation mine, a block of plastic explosive which blasts out ball bearings. It was the latest in a string of deadly attacks that have killed over 70 armed forces personnel since December. In a...

2006-01-22 22:00:17

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a Sri Lankan army patrol in the island's restive east on Monday with a claymore fragmentation mine, killing three soldiers and wounding two as a new peace initiative was due to start. "The patrol was attacked 3 miles outside Batticaloa town. The Tigers were responsible. Who else?," said Rohan Abeywardene, Deputy Inspector General of Police for the eastern districts of Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee. The attack came as...

2006-01-20 23:18:19

By Peter Apps SAMPOOR, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels will return to war unless progress is made soon in the island's deadlocked peace process, a senior rebel said just days ahead of a visit by Norwegian peace broker Erik Solheim. Solheim has warned the island not to expect too much from a visit aimed at rebuilding an almost-destroyed 2002 ceasefire. But, like the rebels, government soldiers in the minority Tamil-dominated north and east say they believe war...