May 7, 2000 |
The government said Tamil Tiger rebels were raining artillery and mortar fire on troops Saturday as the military strengthened defenses to beat back an advance by the guerrillas on the northern Jaffna peninsula. A government statement said the air force had bombed rebel positions north and south of Elephant Pass, the peninsula's gateway that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam overran last month. It said troops also fired long-range mortars while patrols went out ahead of the defense lines.
July 27, 1996 |
Sri Lanka's military, seeking to avenge its worst defeat in 13 years of civil war, sent jet fighters, field guns and tanks on a new offensive Friday against Tamil guerrilla strongholds in the northern jungles. Fifteen soldiers were killed and 60 were wounded as the forces marched to within about 3 1/2 miles of Kilinochchi, the town that has become the main base of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, military officials said. Most of the rebels and many civilians appeared to have fled the town.
November 30, 1991 |
Tamil rebels ambushed a group of soldiers Friday in Batticaloa district in eastern Sri Lanka, killing 14 Sinhalese troops and injuring 11 others, military officials said. In retaliation, the soldiers later shot and killed at least 20 rebels in the same area, the officials said.
March 7, 1997 |
Hundreds of rebels attacked an army base and an air force headquarters simultaneously Thursday, the military said, leaving at least 213 people dead. "Ground troops confirmed that more than 160 [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] were killed in the attack on Vavunativu army base," the military said in a statement. At least 48 soldiers also died in the attack by about 800 rebels on the base 135 miles east of Colombo, it said. More than 80 soldiers were wounded.
September 30, 1996 |
Government soldiers crushed stiff rebel resistance and captured a Tamil guerrilla stronghold in northern Sri Lanka, capping a fierce eight-day battle that has left nearly 900 people dead, the military said Sunday. Troops entered the town of Kilinochchi, 170 miles northeast of Colombo, the capital, and were clearing land mines and booby traps, said Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. Sanath Munasinghe. "We are in the process of clearing and consolidating in Kilinochchi," Munasinghe said.
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.