Sri Lanka: War Returns in Undeclared Form

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January 21, 2006: At least 140 people have died in LTTE violence in the past month, and about 60 percent of them were security personnel. There have been over a thousand violations of the truce since it went into force in 2002. The LTTE blames the violence on its battles with a breakaway LTTE faction, which it accuses the army of supporting. Meanwhile, a rumor campaign has been underway, believed to be run by the LTTE, warning of a major terror bomb campaign in the works. The LTTE appears to be disorganized, and losing control of its fighters.

January 20, 2006: The growing violence in the northeast is causing Tamils to flee to south India. Several hundred Sri Lankan refugees have shown up in Tamil portions of southern India. In eastern Sri Lanka, two Tamil men were killed in a Moslem village. There were several other attacks in Tamil areas.

January 19, 2006: Norwegian peace monitors have fled the northeastern port of Trincomalee because of the growing violence. Police and army reinforcements were sent north to try and maintain order. There were several attacks in Tamil areas, killing at least half a dozen and wounding nearly a hundred.

January 16, 2006: In the north, three Tamil women, related to a LTTE leader, were killed by unknown gunmen. An LTTE boat full of explosives ran into a navy patrol boat, killing 13 sailors.

January 13, 2006: A bomb was set off among the vehicles of the truce monitors, damaging four of them. The LTTE condemned the attack, which may have been carried out by pro-government forces.

 

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