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February 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A female suicide bomber attacked the main railway station in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, killing at least 11 people and wounding 92 others on the eve of today's celebrations of the nation's 60th anniversary of independence from Britain. Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara blamed the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. Calls to a rebel spokesman were not answered.
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April 29, 2009 | FROM TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Sri Lankan government forces fired barrages of artillery, killing at least 11 civilians a day after it pledged to stop such attacks because of the risk to innocent people, a rebel-linked website and a local doctor said. A military spokesman, Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, denied the accusation. Government troops were pushing forward with their fight to destroy the Tamil Tiger rebels, he said, but they were using only small arms. The dispute came as Sri Lanka rebuffed intense international pressure to accept a temporary truce to allow tens of thousands of trapped civilians to escape the fighting.
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January 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Battles, bombings and air raids killed at least 34 people across northern Sri Lanka, the military said, as a Japanese envoy met with officials to try to stop the fighting. In the latest attack, soldiers thrust into Tamil Tiger rebel territory in northern Mannar district and captured nine bunkers, killing nine insurgents, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said. Two soldiers also died in the fighting, he said. Earlier, a roadside bomb hit a van just south of the front lines separating government forces from the Tigers' de facto state in the north, Nanayakkara said.
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February 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A female suicide bomber attacked the main railway station in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, killing at least 11 people and wounding 92 others on the eve of today's celebrations of the nation's 60th anniversary of independence from Britain. Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara blamed the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. Calls to a rebel spokesman were not answered.
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March 28, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
More than 2,100 civilians fled in one day from Sri Lanka's northern war zone, where the military is squeezing the Tamil Tiger rebels into a smaller area as it pushes to end 25 years of civil war, the military said. The displaced, including 900 children, crossed over Thursday to military-controlled areas in Puthukkudiyiruppu, near the edge of the front lines in the northeast of the island, spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said. It was the largest number of civilians to flee in a single day in several weeks, he said.
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March 25, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels fought scattered battles across northern Sri Lanka over two days, leaving 30 rebels and four soldiers dead, the military said in a statement. Monday, army troops in the Mannar district killed seven Tamil fighters, the military said. That came a day after fighting killed 10 rebels in the Vavuniya district south of the Tamil Tigers' de facto state in the north, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said. Battles in the Welioya area killed six rebels and four soldiers.
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August 31, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A bomb blast blamed on Tamil Tiger separatists wounded 45 people in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, as renewed fighting in the embattled north killed 19 rebels and six soldiers, the military said. Spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara accused the rebels of setting off the blast on a busy street in the heart of Colombo. "They are desperate because of defeats along the northern front lines and are targeting civilians," he said. The bomb exploded in a commercial area, tearing through a crowd of shoppers.
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April 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Tamil rebels and Sri Lankan troops waged one of their fiercest battles in years Wednesday, battering each other with gunfire and mortar shells that killed 100 guerrillas and left 76 soldiers dead or missing, the military said. The rebels' numbers were different but still high: more than 100 soldiers and 16 rebels killed in 10 hours of fighting. Each side routinely inflates casualty figures for the other side and underreports its own. Independent accounts of the fighting are unavailable because journalists are barred from the war zone.
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May 15, 2009 | Associated Press
Civilians waded across a lagoon under a hail of rebel gunfire Thursday, breaking out of Sri Lanka's war zone in a mass exodus that left four of them dead, the military said. In the tiny northeastern coastal strip, unrelenting shelling forced health workers to abandon the only hospital in the area, leaving hundreds of wounded patients begging for food and water, according to a health official in the war zone. The Red Cross said the situation was "an unimaginable humanitarian catastrophe."
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May 17, 2009 | Associated Press
The president declared victory Saturday in Sri Lanka's quarter-century civil war with the Tamil Tigers rebels. But the group's top leaders remained at large as troops and the insurgents fought fierce battles across the war zone. A triumph on the battlefield appeared inevitable after government forces captured the last bit of coastline under rebel control early Saturday, surrounding the remaining Tamil fighters in a 1.2-square mile strip of land.
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January 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Battles, bombings and air raids killed at least 34 people across northern Sri Lanka, the military said, as a Japanese envoy met with officials to try to stop the fighting. In the latest attack, soldiers thrust into Tamil Tiger rebel territory in northern Mannar district and captured nine bunkers, killing nine insurgents, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said. Two soldiers also died in the fighting, he said. Earlier, a roadside bomb hit a van just south of the front lines separating government forces from the Tigers' de facto state in the north, Nanayakkara said.
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