Sri Lanka: August 31, 1999


Four policemen were killed by a mine and eight LTTE guerillas were killed in another operation.

August 25; Four police commandoes and seven LTTE rebels were killed in several operations.

August 23; Three police commandoes and eight LTTE rebels were killed in several operations.

August 22; A Tamil newspaper was bombed and  nine LTTE rebels were killed in several operations.

August 20; A LTTE suicide bomber was shot dead before he could detonate his explosives. A civilian was also killed in the cross fire. 

August 19; The government announced that some 22,000 people had died in the last four years of LTTE instigated violence.

August 18; Fifteen troops were killed in two LTTE ambushes, five rebels were killed..

August 13; Over two dozen Tamil rebels were killed when the two boats they were using to move along the Sri Lankan coast were caught and sunk by the navy.

August 11; LTTE attacked a police bus with claymore (fires a large shotgun type hail of projectiles) mine. Eleven died and some two dozen were wounded.

August 9; Another nine dead in clashes with the LTTE. A LTTE suicide bomber killed a senior officer and wounded another at an Army camp. This is the third such suicide bombing in the last ten days.

August 8; Another dozen dead in four separate incidents.

August 6; Another dozen people died in battles between the LTTE and government forces.

August 5; A female LTTE suicide bomber destroyed a truck and killed 13 police anti-terrorist commandoes. In another part of the island, eight LTTE troops were killed and in another incident two civilians were killed by a mine.

August 4; The international uproar over the assassination of Neelan Thiruchelvam has further isolated the Tamil rebels, especially internationally.

July 29; A large bomb went off in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. The bombing was via a car full of explosives which rammed into another car containing a Tamil member of the Sri Lankan legislature (Neelan Thiruchelvam, a political moderate and considered a traitor by the rebels.) Thiruchelvam was killed. He was the chief proponent of a peaceful settlement of the strife between the Tamils and the majority Sihalese in Sri Lanka.


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