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February 14, 1989
Security forces on full alert for Sri Lanka's first general election since 1977 killed four rebels as they fled after setting fire to a bus northwest of the capital of Colombo, police said. About 40,000 police and troops were deployed across the Indian Ocean island-nation as full security went into effect after four weeks of campaigning in which 13 candidates and more than 300 political activists were killed.
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NEWS
February 14, 1989
Security forces on full alert for Sri Lanka's first general election since 1977 killed four rebels as they fled after setting fire to a bus northwest of the capital of Colombo, police said. About 40,000 police and troops were deployed across the Indian Ocean island-nation as full security went into effect after four weeks of campaigning in which 13 candidates and more than 300 political activists were killed.
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October 16, 1986 | United Press International
The United States will train airport security forces to prevent hijackings and terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Edward Marks, charge d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, said the assistance will be provided as part of a State Department program to help friendly governments combat terrorism.
NEWS
October 16, 1986 | United Press International
The United States will train airport security forces to prevent hijackings and terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Edward Marks, charge d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, said the assistance will be provided as part of a State Department program to help friendly governments combat terrorism.
NEWS
May 6, 1986 | From Reuters
Air Lanka said Monday that it is implementing tight security measures because of the bomb blast on one of its planes at Colombo airport last week, in which 21 people were killed and more than 40 injured. In the future, a spokesman said, cargo will be kept for a minimum of 22 hours before loading onto airliners. He declined to disclose the other steps. The Sri Lankan government has blamed Tamil separatists for the bombing.
NEWS
May 1, 1986 | From Reuters
Seventy-seven people have died in two days of fighting between two rival Tamil separatist guerrilla groups in northern Sri Lanka, security officials said Wednesday.
NEWS
November 25, 1988
Sinhalese extremists killed three Indian nationals and a Sri Lankan in the group's first attack against foreigners in Sri Lanka, security officials said. Officials said 25 members of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, or People's Liberation Front, struck at the home of S. K. Bansal near Moneragala, 100 miles west of Colombo. Bansal, his wife and another Indian were killed along with a Sri Lankan named Sinha Senanayake.
NEWS
March 14, 1991 | Reuters
Three soldiers died and six were injured when a Tamil rebel land mine exploded Wednesday near the town of Vavuniya in northern Sri Lanka as security forces continued their advance into rebel territory, military officials said.
NEWS
July 21, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Government troops unearthed the bodies of 110 policemen in a mass grave in eastern Sri Lanka, a Defense Ministry statement said. The policemen had surrendered to rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam last month after the guerrillas rejected a 13-monthlong cease-fire with government forces. The officers had been shot a single time in the head, the statement said. Meantime, a senior police official said that 45 policemen escaped from rebel captivity Tuesday after killing three guerrillas.
NEWS
July 21, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Forty-five Sri Lankan policemen held prisoner by Tamil rebels staged a dramatic escape from their captors, overpowering three of their guards, a senior military official said. Only about 12 of the officers who escaped Tuesday had reached safety, but government helicopters were searching for the others, the official added.
NEWS
May 6, 1986 | From Reuters
Air Lanka said Monday that it is implementing tight security measures because of the bomb blast on one of its planes at Colombo airport last week, in which 21 people were killed and more than 40 injured. In the future, a spokesman said, cargo will be kept for a minimum of 22 hours before loading onto airliners. He declined to disclose the other steps. The Sri Lankan government has blamed Tamil separatists for the bombing.
OPINION
July 7, 2005
Despite decades of ethnic terrorism, Sri Lanka has managed to remain a democracy, a beacon to other South Asian nations trying to advance from dictatorship to representative government. Attacks on police, soldiers and civilians have rocked its foundations, but the December tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka offered the hope of forging at least a temporary unity between the government and rebel terrorists. The hope was in vain.
NEWS
June 4, 1987 | Associated Press
An Indian fishing fleet carrying relief supplies for Sri Lanka's besieged Tamil minority faced Sri Lankan gunboats at sea for five hours Wednesday and then turned back, officials said. Neither side agreed to board one of the other's vessels, so negotiations were conducted by shouting across the water, said Gopalswami Parthasarthy, an Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman. The ministry condemned rejection of the aid by Sri Lanka, the island nation off the southern tip of India.
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