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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 4:22 pm 
Three soldiers dead in Sri Lanka 'ambush'

Story from BBC NEWS:

Three soldiers have been killed in eastern Sri Lanka in an attack by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels, the defence ministry says.
They say the rebels ambushed the soldiers as they were travelling in motorised rickshaw, they said.

The attack is said to have taken place in the eastern district of Batticaloa.

There has been no comment from the Tamil Tigers on the attack. Sri Lanka's three-year-old ceasefire has been under growing strain in recent months.

"One of our soldiers managed to fire about 10 rounds before he was killed by a burst of automatic fire from the terrorists," the AFP news agency quotes a defence ministry spokesman as saying.

In May, a senior member of Sri Lanka's intelligence services, Maj Nizam Muthalif, was shot dead in the capital Colombo in an attack blamed on the Tigers.

There have also been several attacks in the east ever since a split in the rebel group last year.

Uneasy truce

The Tamil Tigers and the government are both still formally observing a ceasefire declared in February 2002.

But both sides accuse the other of killings and other breaches of the agreement.

Peace talks between the two sides have been suspended since April 2003.

More than 60,000 people have died since the rebels began their fight for a homeland for minority Tamils in 1983.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/s ... 636647.stm


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