CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1987 |
Tamil rebels killed 65 people believed linked with rival guerrilla factions in apparent reprisal for an assassination attempt on one of their leaders, government intelligence sources said Friday. The sources said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam seized 28 youths Thursday night in the northern Jaffna peninsula, shot them early Friday, then captured and killed another 37 people, the sources said.
October 30, 1995 |
Thousands of Sri Lankan troops advanced on the Tamil rebel stronghold of Jaffna city Sunday, and at least 30 soldiers and 40 guerrillas were killed in fierce fighting, the military said. Heavy civilian casualties were also feared as the military offensive to capture Jaffna entered its 13th day. The advancing columns were five miles from the city. More than 300,000 civilians have fled their homes as the military has shelled the area, a Roman Catholic priest in the war zone said Sunday.
September 4, 2000 |
The fiercest fighting in months erupted on Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula, leaving at least 25 soldiers dead in an offensive to recapture territory lost to Tamil Tiger rebels earlier this year. Military officials said more than 200 other soldiers were wounded in the operation, which was launched a day before nominations for parliamentary elections close today.
July 26, 1990 |
Government troops have captured two towns just south of rebel-held Jaffna Peninsula, opening a major road into the stronghold of Tamil militants, military officials said. At least 96 of the separatist rebels and 13 soldiers were killed in the three-day operation, which gave the government control over Paranthan and Kilinochchi. Kilinochchi is linked by highway to the town of Jaffna, where the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is headquartered.
September 8, 1990 |
Government troops and Tamil rebels fought pitched battles in the northeast as the army tried to expand its control after breaking the rebel siege of a strategic garrison, military officials said in Colombo. They said 17 Tamil Tiger guerrillas and eight soldiers were killed in Thursday's fighting near Chilawatte in the Mullaitivu district on the coast south of the Jaffna Peninsula, the northern end of this island nation.
September 14, 1990 |
Government troops fought house to house with Tamil rebels today in their stronghold of Jaffna, a day after government forces stormed a colonial fort in the town to rescue a trapped garrison. Military sources said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were putting up strong resistance as troops advanced to clear rebel positions around the fort. About 1,600 troops stormed into Jaffna on Thursday and relieved the garrison that had been under rebel siege for the last three months.
May 20, 2000 |
Rebels shelled the outskirts of Jaffna's main port as the Sri Lankan air force bombed guerrilla artillery targeting the only military airport in the northern peninsula. Two artillery shells fell near the Kankesanturai seaport, west of Palali air base. The air base and the port are the only functional supply lines for 40,000 troops battling to halt a Tamil Tiger takeover of Jaffna, which the separatist Tamils consider their cultural capital.
May 24, 1987 |
Separatist Tamil guerrillas and thousands of Sri Lankan troops attempting to encircle the rebel-controlled city of Jaffna were involved in fierce fighting Saturday, rebel and official sources said. "They were face to face firing (with the rebels). Civilians in the area got killed but no one knows how many," a Tamil in Vavuniya, south of the Jaffna peninsula, said.
July 5, 1996 |
A Tamil suicide bomber with explosives strapped to her body leaped at a government minister's motorcade in Jaffna city, killing a senior army commander and 20 other people. Nearly 50 people, including the minister, were wounded in the first major Tamil Tiger attack on the Jaffna peninsula since government forces captured the rebel stronghold seven months ago.