May 13, 2000 |
Tamil Tiger rebels rolled into the city of Jaffna on Friday, forcing government troops to retreat and marking a tenuous but dramatic victory in this island nation's long civil war. Troops with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, fighting for an independent state for minority Tamils since 1983, entered their cultural capital and met little resistance from government soldiers.
May 12, 2000 |
Tamil Tiger rebels said Thursday that they were closing in on Jaffna, while Sri Lankan jets stepped up bombing sorties on guerrilla positions. "Sri Lankan soldiers! You are occupying our land," Voice of Tigers rebel radio broadcast. "Our cadres are advancing. We will capture Jaffna. You must surrender or withdraw." The broadcast, monitored in the northern town of Vavuniya, said the rebels had captured Kolombuthurai and Maniyathotam, barely half a mile from Jaffna.
September 29, 1998 |
Fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels has left 237 combatants dead in the past two days, the military said. "Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has confirmed 194 of their cadres [were] killed," the military said in a statement Monday. Forty-three soldiers were killed and 110 wounded in the fighting. The fighting began Sunday morning when Tamil Tiger rebels attacked soldiers near the military-controlled town of Paranthan.
February 3, 1996 |
For Gami Dharmapale, who missed being at the site of this capital's huge truck bombing Wednesday by just 10 minutes, the explosion vaporized any remaining confidence he had in the government. "Yes, there is a way to stop such things," the tour guide said, nodding at the charred ruins in which 76 people are known to have died and more than 1,270 were injured. "But to do it, you've got to stop sitting on the fence.
August 30, 1995 |
A Sri Lankan ferry carrying 120 passengers from the east coast to the rebel-held north went missing after Tamil Tiger rebels attacked two naval vessels, the leader of a Tamil party in Colombo said today. The Irish Mona was traveling from the eastern port of Trincomalee to Karainagar on the northwest island of Karaitivu, Eelam People's Democratic Party leader Douglas Devananda said.
July 15, 1995 |
Tamil separatists struck back at advancing Sri Lankan troops Friday by ransacking two military camps, downing a warplane and killing at least 45 soldiers. Officials said at least 600 rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam attacked troops in northern territory that the military had captured since its largest offensive in eight years began Sunday. Relying on darkness, the Tigers overran two military camps and stole most of their weapons, army sources said on condition of anonymity.