Sri Lanka: Rebel Attacks Continue


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December 15, 2005: The government is using yesterday's helicopter attack, and several recent attacks on soldiers, to try and convince the European Union to ban the LTTE. For over a decade, the LTTE leadership and fund raisers have lived in Europe as political refugees. European countries pay for much of the living expenses of these rebels, and refuse to acknowledge the murderous ways of the LTTE organization they represent. Three months ago, the EU put a travel ban on LTTE leaders because of increasing LTTE violence.

December 14, 2005: In the LTTE controlled north, an air force helicopter was fired on, and hit by two bullets. The army says they monitored LTTE radio traffic and heard the order being given to fire on the helicopter.

December 13, 2005: LTTE mortars fired on an army camp in eastern Sri Lanka. There were no casualties.

December 12, 2005: In the north, a grenade attack left 17 policemen wounded. Although the recent violence has put the army and rebel gunmen on edge, both sides deny that the war is about to resume, and everyone talks about getting peace negotiations going again.

December 11, 2005: The LTTE accepted Japan's offer to host peace talks in Japan. A police patrol was attacked in the north, but there were no injuries.

December 8, 2005: Moslem villagers in eastern Sri Lanka are arming and organizing to defend themselves from further LTTE attacks and terrorism. The Hindu LTTE want the Moslems out of "Tamil territory."


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