April 2, 2000 |
Fresh fighting by separatists to seize a strategic causeway in northern Sri Lanka left at least 30 guerrillas dead, the Defense Ministry said Saturday. The rebels launched a major offensive last month to recapture their former stronghold, Jaffna, which is about 180 miles north of the capital of Colombo. The rebels are trying to capture the Elephant Pass, a causeway that links the northern Jaffna peninsula with the rest of the country to the south.
March 29, 2000 |
More than 200 Sri Lankan troops and Tamil rebels have been killed in pitched artillery battles north of a key military base, the Defense Ministry said. Ground troops estimate that more than 150 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels were killed as the guerrillas tried to push north of Elephant Pass, the ministry said.
March 11, 2000 |
A bomber blew himself up Friday, killing 18 other people and wounding 46 here in Sri Lanka's capital, but he apparently missed his target--a motorcade of Cabinet ministers. Police said that, in addition to the bomb that went off, jackets laden with explosives and two rocket-propelled grenades were found in the area. Military officials blamed Tamil separatists for the blast. The victims, mostly workers who were heading home, were taken to the National Hospital in Colombo.
February 21, 2000 |
In a land where women are prized for their quiet passivity, one of the world's most ruthless guerrilla groups is riding toward victory on the strength of its female fighters. The women of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, rebels waging a war for an independent homeland in this island nation, are emerging as the movement's most important weapon after thousands of men have died in battle.
January 9, 2000 |
Police on Saturday released more than 1,200 people they arrested a day earlier for suspected links with Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said. The 50 Tamils who remained in custody were being interrogated for possible links with Tamil separatists, said Jagat Jayawardene, deputy inspector general of police in Colombo. Police said some of those detained could be suicide bombers.
January 8, 2000 |
Police detained more than 1,500 Tamils on Friday after raids on suspected guerrilla hide-outs and arrested two Tamil rebels who officials said were planning attacks in a town with an important Buddhist temple. At least 329 Tamils were released after police questioned, photographed and fingerprinted them, senior police and army officers said. The rest were still being questioned. Police said some of those detained might be suicide bombers.
January 5, 2000 |
A suspected separatist Tamil rebel detonated powerful explosives strapped to her body near the prime minister's office today, killing herself and 10 others, police said. Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike was not in the building in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, at the time of the explosion. Police stopped the bomber near the office building. "Our people found her movement suspicious, and they tried to check her when she exploded herself," a police official said.
December 20, 1999 |
In Asia's bloodiest and longest-running war, the fighting doesn't halt for the casting of ballots. A spectacular suicide bomb attack here at a weekend campaign rally in advance of Tuesday's presidential election failed to kill the country's leader but underlined a larger point: After 16 years and 61,000 deaths, the country's savage ethnic war hasn't even begun to exhaust itself.
December 12, 1999 |
In the government's first military success since a major rebel offensive last month, Sri Lankan troops repulsed a land-and-sea attack Saturday by hundreds of Tamil rebels. Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. Sunil Tannekoon said 230 rebels and eight soldiers were killed in the fighting near a strategic northern military base. Afterward, the military reinforced its positions there, Tannekoon said. "We are fully prepared to face any new threat," he said.
November 21, 1999 |
Artillery shells fell around an ancient Dutch-built church filled with refugees in northern Sri Lanka, killing at least 35 villagers and injuring 80, amid fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, a church official said. Bishop Raiaippu Joseph said more than 3,500 people had taken shelter in the church compound to escape the fighting. Sri Lankan troops had launched an offensive to retake parts of the Madhu church area that rebels had seized.