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January 2, 1985
Separatist Tamil guerrillas in Sri Lanka blew up a railway bridge near the northern city of Jaffna, the government reported. A government statement said the sabotage of the bridge will seriously affect the transportation of food and fuel to the Jaffna Peninsula, where most of the island nation's Tamils live and where the guerrillas have been most active.
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May 17, 1996 | Associated Press
The military said it gained control of the northern Jaffna peninsula today after capturing the last town there held by Tamil separatist rebels. The rebels fled when soldiers backed by helicopter gunships entered the port town of Point Pedro on the northern coast at dawn, Maj. Tilak Dunuwille said. The peninsula has been the center of the guerrillas' fight for a homeland for minority Tamils in the north and east for 12 years. The rebels are expected to continue their insurgency from the
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March 28, 1987 | From Reuters
Six Tamil guerrillas and a soldier were killed Friday in fresh fighting in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna Peninsula as India attempted to revive talks for a peaceful solution of the ethnic conflict. The guerrillas are fighting government troops in the north and east to set up an independent homeland for minority Tamils who form 12.6% of the island's 15 million people, mostly Sinhalese.
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April 24, 1994 | DONALD SMITH, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
They wear combat fatigues and poison necklaces. They kill without mercy--sometimes entire villages, including women and children--and then fade into the jungle. Sometimes they blow themselves up along with their intended victims. Thin black ropes coiled around their necks conceal cyanide capsules, which they swallow when captured. By any standard, Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are among the most fanatical of the world's aggressive ethnic separatist organizations.
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May 17, 1996 | Associated Press
The military said it gained control of the northern Jaffna peninsula today after capturing the last town there held by Tamil separatist rebels. The rebels fled when soldiers backed by helicopter gunships entered the port town of Point Pedro on the northern coast at dawn, Maj. Tilak Dunuwille said. The peninsula has been the center of the guerrillas' fight for a homeland for minority Tamils in the north and east for 12 years. The rebels are expected to continue their insurgency from the
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June 5, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Indian air force planes escorted by Mirage fighter jets parachuted relief supplies Thursday to Sri Lanka's besieged Tamil minority, one day after this island nation's navy drove off unarmed Indian fishing boats laden with food and medicine. The Sri Lankan government called India's airlift "a naked violation of our sovereignty . . . and territorial integrity."
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October 20, 1987 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
A letter signed by prominent citizens in the besieged city of Jaffna charged Monday that "almost 700 innocent civilians are believed to have died" in nine days of fighting between Indian troops and Tamil separatist guerrillas. Indian and Sri Lankan authorities said that 40 civilian refugees from Jaffna were killed Monday when a remote-controlled land mine was detonated under their bus.
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June 25, 1985 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
A brief gunfight in Mannar, 50 miles south of here, Monday shattered a week-old cease-fire between government forces and Tamil separatist guerrillas, government sources said. However, the fragile truce held here in Jaffna, the principal Tamil city, situated at the northern tip of this Indian Ocean island nation. Jaffna was visited by reporters this weekend after several months during which it was virtually cut off from the rest of the island.
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October 12, 1987 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
A Tamil Tiger rebel leader appealed Sunday to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India to halt Indian army attacks against rebel positions as casualties mounted in the second day of intense fighting in the northern tip of this island nation.
NEWS
May 16, 1989
At least 40 Indian soldiers and Tamil guerrillas were killed in fierce fighting over the weekend in northern Sri Lanka, an Indian Embassy spokeswoman in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, said. The spokeswoman said 10 soldiers were killed in an ambush by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam guerrillas on the northern Jaffna Peninsula. She said 18 rebels and 12 soldiers were killed in a separate battle in northern Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, the extremist Sinhalese People's Liberation Front denied reports that its leader, Rohana Wijeweera, is ill and seeking government permission to go abroad for medical treatment.
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October 20, 1987 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
A letter signed by prominent citizens in the besieged city of Jaffna charged Monday that "almost 700 innocent civilians are believed to have died" in nine days of fighting between Indian troops and Tamil separatist guerrillas. Indian and Sri Lankan authorities said that 40 civilian refugees from Jaffna were killed Monday when a remote-controlled land mine was detonated under their bus.
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October 12, 1987 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
A Tamil Tiger rebel leader appealed Sunday to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India to halt Indian army attacks against rebel positions as casualties mounted in the second day of intense fighting in the northern tip of this island nation.
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July 30, 1987 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
Fifteen hundred Indian troops moved into the Jaffna Peninsula, a Tamil rebel stronghold on the northern tip of Sri Lanka, early today only hours after Indian and Sri Lankan leaders signed a cooperation agreement aimed at ending the island nation's bloody ethnic war. Indian and Sri Lankan sources said the troops were flown at the request of Sri Lankan President Junius R. Jayewardene.
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June 5, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Indian air force planes escorted by Mirage fighter jets parachuted relief supplies Thursday to Sri Lanka's besieged Tamil minority, one day after this island nation's navy drove off unarmed Indian fishing boats laden with food and medicine. The Sri Lankan government called India's airlift "a naked violation of our sovereignty . . . and territorial integrity."
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March 28, 1987 | From Reuters
Six Tamil guerrillas and a soldier were killed Friday in fresh fighting in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna Peninsula as India attempted to revive talks for a peaceful solution of the ethnic conflict. The guerrillas are fighting government troops in the north and east to set up an independent homeland for minority Tamils who form 12.6% of the island's 15 million people, mostly Sinhalese.
NEWS
June 25, 1985 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
A brief gunfight in Mannar, 50 miles south of here, Monday shattered a week-old cease-fire between government forces and Tamil separatist guerrillas, government sources said. However, the fragile truce held here in Jaffna, the principal Tamil city, situated at the northern tip of this Indian Ocean island nation. Jaffna was visited by reporters this weekend after several months during which it was virtually cut off from the rest of the island.
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