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January 9, 2000 | TOM RACHMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When Ananda Abesinghe went to pick up the clothes he'd left to dry under the baking tropical sun, they were gone. So he decided to kill himself. "At that time it felt like a big problem. Now . . . " the bearded man says, his faint voice trailing off. Abesinghe, 34, drunk and distraught, bought a bottle of insecticide and downed it by the side of the road in rural Pilimathalawa, 60 miles east of the capital, Colombo.
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October 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
One day after Sri Lanka abandoned a peace initiative with separatist Tamil rebels, a suicide bomber set off an explosion near an election rally, killing himself and 12 others. Police said 45 people were wounded in the attack in Medawachchiya, 120 miles northeast of Colombo, the capital. Tissa Karaliyadda, a deputy minister, narrowly escaped the blast.
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October 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
One day after Sri Lanka abandoned a peace initiative with separatist Tamil rebels, a suicide bomber set off an explosion near an election rally, killing himself and 12 others. Police said 45 people were wounded in the attack in Medawachchiya, 120 miles northeast of Colombo, the capital. Tissa Karaliyadda, a deputy minister, narrowly escaped the blast.
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March 12, 2000 | From Associated Press
With anti-terrorist commandos closing in, four suspected Tamil Tiger rebels hiding in an apartment killed themselves Saturday after failing in an apparent bid to assassinate the country's defense minister and armed forces chiefs. The men appeared to have used explosives to blow themselves up just as security forces were preparing an assault on their hide-out, officials said.
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March 12, 2000 | From Associated Press
With anti-terrorist commandos closing in, four suspected Tamil Tiger rebels hiding in an apartment killed themselves Saturday after failing in an apparent bid to assassinate the country's defense minister and armed forces chiefs. The men appeared to have used explosives to blow themselves up just as security forces were preparing an assault on their hide-out, officials said.
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February 7, 1998 | From Associated Press
A suicide bomber blew herself up in downtown Colombo on Friday just hours after Prince Charles ended a visit to the Indian Ocean island nation. The blast killed eight others and wounded five. There was no indication that the attack was aimed at Prince Charles, who had used his four-day visit to appeal for an end to Sri Lanka's ethnic violence. The bomber, believed by authorities to be a rebel with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, struck six hours after Charles left.
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July 6, 1991 | Associated Press
A rebel explosives expert, wanted for the killing of a Cabinet minister and 89 other people, committed suicide as police burst into his hide-out, Sri Lankan military officials said Thursday. Nadaraja Varatharaja swallowed a cyanide capsule when armed police burst into his shack Wednesday on a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka, the officials said. Varatharaja was suspected in the March 2 car bomb explosion in Colombo that killed Defense Minister Ranjan Wijerante and 29 other people.
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January 20, 1992 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Inside his sandbagged bunker at the Sri Lankan army's front line, Capt. Randu Hathnauda rubbed the old shrapnel wound in his forehead as he described--with as much respect as horror--the brutal commitment of the enemy bunkered down just a few hundred yards to the north. "Very good fighters," said the 26-year-old veteran of eight years of civil war in this island nation off the southern tip of India. "When I was in the siege of Elephant Pass, they charged us, and we were shooting them.
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January 29, 2000 | TOM RACHMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When Ananda Abesinghe went to pick up the clothes he'd left to dry under the baking tropical sun, they were gone. So he decided to kill himself. "At that time it felt like a big problem. Now . . . " the bearded man says, his faint voice trailing off. Abesinghe, 34, drunk and distraught, bought a bottle of insecticide and downed it by the side of the road in rural Pilimathalawa, 60 miles east of the capital, Colombo.
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February 7, 1998 | From Associated Press
A suicide bomber blew herself up in downtown Colombo on Friday just hours after Prince Charles ended a visit to the Indian Ocean island nation. The blast killed eight others and wounded five. There was no indication that the attack was aimed at Prince Charles, who had used his four-day visit to appeal for an end to Sri Lanka's ethnic violence. The bomber, believed by authorities to be a rebel with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, struck six hours after Charles left.
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January 20, 1992 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Inside his sandbagged bunker at the Sri Lankan army's front line, Capt. Randu Hathnauda rubbed the old shrapnel wound in his forehead as he described--with as much respect as horror--the brutal commitment of the enemy bunkered down just a few hundred yards to the north. "Very good fighters," said the 26-year-old veteran of eight years of civil war in this island nation off the southern tip of India. "When I was in the siege of Elephant Pass, they charged us, and we were shooting them.
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July 6, 1991 | Associated Press
A rebel explosives expert, wanted for the killing of a Cabinet minister and 89 other people, committed suicide as police burst into his hide-out, Sri Lankan military officials said Thursday. Nadaraja Varatharaja swallowed a cyanide capsule when armed police burst into his shack Wednesday on a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka, the officials said. Varatharaja was suspected in the March 2 car bomb explosion in Colombo that killed Defense Minister Ranjan Wijerante and 29 other people.
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