15 School Children, several pregnant women, one Buddhist priest and many civilians massacred; Death toll is 64.
Kebithigollewa Massacre on 15 June 2006
The LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists have carried out a claymore mine attack at a bus carrying at least 100 civilians at Kongollawa in Anuradhapura around 7.30a.m on Thursday, 15 June 2006. Fifteen (15) school children proceeding to schools and a few pregnant women going for pre-natal care clinics were in the ill-fated state owned bus that was ripped in the LTTE claymore mine attack.
At least 64 civilians were killed and more than 70 wounded in a claymore mine attack carried out by suspected Tamil rebels Thursday on a passenger bus in north-central Sri Lanka, prompting the government to fly air strikes on rebel targets. Two mines were triggered off simultaneously as the overcrowded bus carrying mostly Singhalese civilians was passing the Thalgaswewa area, 200 kilometres north-east of the capital on Thursday morning. For more photos, please visit the website of Sri Lanka Defence Ministry
Chronology of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists since June 2005
The flowers of the nation brutally massacred
"Freedom fighters " of the innocent Tamil community or "Sadists go on berserk"?
Would the Pro LTTE media and others who are ever-ready to justify all LTTE atrocities, label this as another "exercise" in the freedom struggle .
Have you contributed to this carnage?
Would you like to identify yourselves with maniacs who commits this type of crimes? Would you like such barbarians to call themselves your "Sole Representative" (ethnically)
Does it matter to what community we belong? Let's unite to rid the nation of the scourge of terrorism that attempts to annihilate the flowers of our nation; our children; the future of our nation.
Have you condone such barbarism?
Does it matter to what community we belong? Let's unite to rid the nation of the scourge of terrorism that attempts to annihilate the flowers of our nation; our children; the future of our nation.
A mother weeps unable to bear the loss of her children, killed in the LTTE claymore mine blast at Kebithigollewa, which hit a bus killing 64 passenger and injuring many more on Wedneday.
Relatives mourn as they prepare for a mass burial for victims of Thursday’s landmine explosion by the LTTE that killed at least 64 people in Kebithigollewa. Around 10,000 mourners attended the funeral for the victims which included 15 children.
A village annihilated for creation of an "ethnically pure " Elam
Would the truth of the LTTE's terrorism be buried with you?
Tribute to the dead- A promise to to end terrorism
Feminists, keep your silence; her lament will be heard by those who really love their mothers, sisters, wives and daughters...
The heroic "rebels" got all his family but not the terrorists? Let the hypocrites wait until "somebody" claim the responsibility for the crime
Their tears will not sufficient for some hypocrites to call LTTE :The Terrorists
Dear daughter, we will not let you suffer as you mother do, today...
Dear son, you will be free to live in any where in your motherland without fear of terrorism, in future
Let us not forget this crime as the villain want us to...
Your bodies are buried today but your spirits will see the nation getting united to wipe out the terrorism forever form your; our motherland...
For more photos, please visit the website of Sri Lanka Defence Ministry
United States Condemns Terrorist Attack on Sri Lankan Bus Bombing kills 60 people, including 15 schoolchildren - By David Shelby, Washington File Staff Writer - Washington – The United States condemned a June 15 terrorist attack on a passenger bus in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, that killed 60 people, including 15 schoolchildren. “This vicious attack bears all the hallmarks of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam,” said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack in a written statement. “It is a clear violation of the Ceasefire Agreement that the Tamil Tigers claim to uphold.” The attack comes one week after the collapse of peace talks in Norway, where Tamil Tiger representatives refused to meet face-to-face with Sri Lankan government officials. It is the deadliest attack since a four-year-old ceasefire agreement between the government and the Tamil Tigers began to unravel in December 2005. In his statement, McCormack called for “an end to the violence that is causing so much suffering for the people of Sri Lanka and resumption of negotiations to bring peace to the country.” He said, “The Tamil Tigers must renounce terror and enter into direct negotiations with the Sri Lankan government.” The full text of the statement is available on the State Department Web site. For additional information on U.S. policy in the region, see South and Central Asia. (The Washington File is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov) (Read full report in US Info State Gov).
Press Statement by Sean McCormack, Spokesman, Washington, DC, June 15, 2006 - Terrorist Attack in Sri Lanka - The United States condemns today’s terrorist attack on a bus in Sri Lanka that killed 60 innocent civilians, including at least 15 children. This vicious attack bears all the hallmarks of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. It is a clear violation of the Ceasefire Agreement that the Tamil Tigers claim to uphold. The United States calls for an end to the violence that is causing so much suffering for the people of Sri Lanka and resumption of negotiations to bring peace to the country. The Tamil Tigers must renounce terror and enter into direct negotiations with the Sri Lankan government (Full report in US Department of State).
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL - Public Statement - AI Index: ASA 37/016/2006 (Public) News Service No: 154, 15 June 2006 - Sri Lanka: Amnesty International condemns attack on civilian bus - Amnesty International today condemned the killing of at least 58 civilians and the wounding of at least 45 others in a Claymore mine attack in Anuradhapura district, in northern Sri Lanka. The attack on the crowded bus occurred near the town of Kebitigollewa at around 7:30 a.m. local time, when many villagers were travelling to work and school. It is the deadliest attack on civilians since a ceasefire agreement was reached between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2002. The government has blamed the LTTE for the attack. The LTTE has, however, denied responsibility and issued a statement condemning the incident. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), which is charged with monitoring alleged violations of the ceasefire agreement, has sent a team to investigate. Earlier this month, on 6 June, a civilian bus was hit by the simultaneous explosion of two Claymore mines outside the Welisara navy base near Colombo, injuring the driver. The LTTE denied responsibility for that attack. The LTTE have carried out a series of mine and bomb attacks targeting members of the Sri Lankan security forces in recent months. International humanitarian law, which applies in situations of armed conflict, prohibits attacks against civilians and indiscriminate attacks. It requires that at all times the parties to the conflict distinguish between civilians and combatants. There are reports that, following this morning’s attack on the passenger bus, the Sri Lankan armed forces have launched air strikes on LTTE positions in Sampur, Mullaitivu, and near Kilinochchi. Amnesty International is concerned that this response by the government may endanger civilians. International humanitarian law prohibits attacks which are indiscriminate or which cause disproportionate loss of civilian life. In late April, in retaliation for a suicide bomb attack that injured Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen Sarath Fonseka and killed nine others, the government launched air strikes on LTTE positions around Sampur and nearby Ilakkantai that resulted in the deaths of 15 civilians, according to the SLMM. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated that between 7,000 and 8,000 people fled from the area, just south of Trincomalee town, in the wake of the air strikes. Increasing numbers of civilians are being caught up in escalating violence sweeping the island. Amnesty International fears that a long-simmering, low-intensity conflict now threatens to explode, further exacerbating the human rights crisis in Sri Lanka. Amnesty International urges all parties to the conflict to uphold their obligations under international law, and to hold accountable those members of their forces, including commanders, who are responsible for violations of human rights and of international humanitarian law (Full report in Amnesty International).
It has all the hallmarks of an LTTE attack - US - Condemning the Kebithigollewa terrorist attack, the US Department of State said it was a clear violation of the Ceasefire Agreement that the Tamil Tigers claim to uphold. Issuing a press release, Department spokesman Sean McCormack said this vicious act had all the hallmarks of an LTTE attack. “The United States calls for an end to violence that is causing so much suffering for the people of Sri Lanka and resumption of negotiations to bring peace to the country. “The Tamil Tigers must renounce terror and enter into direct negotiations with the Sri Lankan Government,” the release stated (Full report in Daily Mirror).
Switzerland condemns “terrorist attack on civilian bus” - Switzerland on Thursday condemned what they called a “terrorist attack on a civilian bus” saying it a serious violation of the Cease-fire agreement. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Switzerland in a statement urged the government and the LTTE to return to the negotiating table soon. The Federal Department was shocked to learn of the attack perpetrated on Thursday morning against a bus in the region of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka, which killed several dozen people, including a large number of children, it said. Switzerland expressed its condolences to the Sri Lankan population and authorities and hoped the perpetrators of this act would be identified soon and brought to justice (Full report in Daily Mirror).
Norway condemns the gruesome attack on civilians in Sri Lanka today - Norway condemns in the strongest terms the most recent incidents of violence in Sri Lanka. Altogether 519 people have been killed since December 2005. These include Muslims, Singhalese and Tamils. The continual attacks on civilians are exacerbating the already critical situation in Sri Lanka. Today’s attack brings the violence in Sri Lanka to a new level. A busload of civilians was the target of a mine attack that was ruthlessly planned and carried out. So far, 63 people are reported to have been killed and 45 injured. This is the bloodiest attack on civilians since the parties to the peace process in Sri Lanka signed the ceasefire agreement in 2002. “This is a gruesome attack on innocent civilians, including children. We send our deepest condolences to their families and to the wounded,” says Minister for International Development Mr Erik Solheim. “We are witnessing a spiral of worsening violence, which is bringing Sri Lanka towards full civil war. Norway requests an immediate halt of all violence in Sri Lanka,” says Minister Solheim (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway).
Twin blasts kills 61 civilians in CTB bus *Villagers on their way to attend funeral * Single largest blast since CFA *Catholic Church expresses shock *Sampur, Mullaitivu LTTE positions attacked - nternational condemnation was focused on the LTTE as it blasted a state owned bus with powerful claymore mines killing 61 and injuring 40 passengers seriously yesterday morning. The incident occurred at 7.50 AM near the remote hamlet of Kongollewa. The commuters were all from the village of Yakawewa from where they boarded the CTB bus bound for Kebithigollewa and from there they were to proceed to Kachchikudi in Vavuniya to attend a funeral of a home guard killed by the LTTE. Two Buddhist monks also died in the blast. Speaking to The Island from the Kebitigollawa Hospital, a survivor, N. Dissanayake said that there were over 100 passengers in the ill-fated bus and they were heading for the funeral of his nephew in Vavuniya. He also said among the men, women, children and Buddhist monks in the bus there were also about 15 home guards. "I was standing on the foot board of the overcrowded bus when there were two huge explosions. The bus was thrown a distance of about 25 to 30 meters. That is all I remember", he added. Military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said that was the single largest incident in which so many people had been killed and injured since the ceasefire agreement was signed with the LTTE in 2002. At yesterday’s Cabinet press briefing Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said that the matter had been conveyed to the Tokyo Co-Chairs and the government was awaiting their response. He appealed to the people not get provoked by the brutal terrorist attacks and help defeat their evil intention of creating trouble. The United National Party promptly condemned the incident and SLMM said they had sent a team to the place of the incident and they would soon issue a statement. The Catholic Church too expressed shock. In a statement Bishop of Anurdhapura Rev. Norbert M. Andradi said that he was shocked and saddened on hearing the news of the unwanted brutal attack on civilian life and condemned the attack on innocent civilians in the strongest terms possible. He appealed for calm and restraint and conveyed his deepest sympathies for the affected families. Following the incident the Sri Lanka Navy launched an artillery barrage on identified LTTE positions in the Sampur area in the Trincomalee district while Sri Lanka Air Force bombed certain LTTE positions in Mullaitivu. Casualties were not known (Full report in Island).
64 civilians killed in LTTE claymore attack - President disregards security concerns and reaches out to Kebithigollewa victims - 15 children killed in Fathers' Day massacre - Kebithigollewa: Sixty four innocent civilians including 15 children were killed and 87 others injured as the LTTE detonated twin claymore mines targeting a jam-packed civilian bus plying from Kanugahawewa to Kebithigollewa yesterday around 8 a.m., Police and Military said. "Innocent villagers from the Sinhala villages of Yakawewa, Halmillewa, Kanugahawewa, Thalgahawewa and Nikawewa in the far end of the Anuradhapura district were killed in this claymore attack," Acting Kebithigollewa HQI Sarath Kumarasinghe told the Daily News. Fifty eight of them died on the spot. At least 160 persons had been inside the bus. The LTTE launched twin side-charger claymore mines targeting the civilian Tata CTB bus using a remote control device even after the Army and the homeguards cleared the road around 6.45 a.m., Kumarasinghe said. "We have firmly established that the Tigers' target was the civilian bus, not any other vehicle," he said. Meanwhile, President Mahinda Rajapaksa disregarded his security concerns and reached out to Kebithigollawa victims within hours after the LTTE brutally massacred 64 innocent civilians. An emotional and deeply concerned President, held the hands of a weeping mother and others and assured that the country will take care of them. The latest crime by the LTTE is seen as the most serious violent act perpetrated against civilians by the LTTE since the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement in 2002. This was the only available bus for these villages to reach Kebithigollewa for their daily needs. Most of them were attending the Kebithigollewa hospital children's clinic. Some of the dead and injured included students attending tuition classes for the Year 5 Scholarship examination. Among the dead was an extended family of 35 who were going for a funeral in Vavuniya. Around 40 others in the bus were also attending the same funeral. The driver was killed on the spot while the conductor received injuries, Kumarasinghe said. A Buddhist monk (Ven. Aparekke Suddassa Thera), a homeguard from Yakawewa and a Police Constable were also among those who killed in the incident. According to Military Spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe two claymore mines weighing more than 15 kilograms have been used to launch the attack targeting the civilian bus. The bus which was caught in the claymore blast at Ihalawewa area had skipped out of the road and plunged into the nearby paddy field. The location was three kilometres from the Halmillawetiya Police post. The bus was a total wreck. Out of the 87 injured, eight people were airlifted to the Colombo National hospital and 64 people have been admitted to the Anuradhapura General Hospital. Another 15 injured people are undergoing treatment at the Kebithigollewa hospital, Brigadier Samarasinghe added. The incident came barely two weeks after the LTTE gunned down 13 Sinhala villagers, execution style, in an uncleared area off Welikanda. Nearly 163 civilians have been killed by the LTTE since December 1, 2005 (Full report in Daily News on 16 June 2006)..
New South Wales: Senator Hutchins, sternly condemned the LTTE terrorists and its activities in Sri Lanka against the SL government and the civilians, in his speech at the senate on 16 June 2006.- Speech Senator HUTCHINS (New South Wales) (4.04 p.m.)-I rise this afternoon to make some remarks about the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the civil conflict occurring in Sri Lanka. This separatist Tamil movement sparked a bloody civil war that has carried on for the last 23 years. It is estimated that, in those two decades of fighting, some 64,000 people have been killed, and a further one million people have been displaced. This conflict has been characterised by brutal terrorism that has targeted innocent civilians. The tragedy of the situation is highlighted even more by the fact that the combatants have mostly been ordinary people, many of them women and children caught up in this net of fanaticism. The Tigers were formed in 1976 as a response to ethnic tensions between the minority Tamils, who make up about 18 per cent of the Sri Lankan population, and the majority Sinhalese. The Tigers led the armed civil conflict that erupted in 1983 and that has continued to this day. It has been a ruthless organisation, eliminating not only its enemies in the Sri Lankan government but also rival Tamil groups, eventually taking complete control of the Tamil areas in the country's north and east. During the two decades of fighting, there have been hopes for peace. In 2002, Sri Lanka and the Tigers sat down and brokered a ceasefire agreement with the assistance of Norway. This was undoubtedly the most promising development in the history of the conflict, with Sri Lanka going so far as to remove its proscription of the Tigers, and the Tamil rebels beginning to decommission their weapons. However, this ceasefire was not the first. Even as far back as 1985, two years after the first outbreak of hostilities, the Sri Lankan government and the Tigers sat down at the peace table. They again attempted to make peace in 1995. I have received a number of representations from the Sri Lankan community in my electorate, a number of them members of the ALP, who are concerned at the fact that the Tamil Tigers are not demonstrating a clear resolve to continue in the peace talks. As I have said, so far the talks seem to be failing. Since the last ceasefire there has been a suicide bomb blast in the capital, Colombo, in 2004; the assassination of the foreign minister in 2005; and the horrible escalation of violence in the first half of this year, with bomb attacks on military targets. An April attack in Trincomalee, an area with an equal mixture of the three ethnic groups in Sri Lanka, left 16 people dead, many of them civilians. Only yesterday an LTTE claymore mine attack was conducted in Sri Lanka. At latest count 68 people were killed, 15 of them children and a number of them pregnant women who were on a bus going to a prenatal care clinic. What may have begun as an independence movement has now just debased itself into thuggery, and it should be condemned in all quarters. (Full report in Sri Lanka defence Ministry).
Death Toll in Tamil Tiger Bus Massacre Rises to 63 - FIFTEEN CHILDREN proceeding to schools and a few pregnant women going for pre-natal care clinics were in the ill-fated state owned bus that was ripped in the LTTE claymore mine attack on Thursday (15) morning at Kebithigollewa, Anuradhapura. The scene of the massacre with parts of human flesh strewn apart was littered with school books, school bags, school uniforms splashed with blood, heaps of rubber shoes and slippers and other paraphernalia. Pieces of yellow robes confirmed that there had been at least one monk in the bus when terrorists detonated two claymore mines targeting the passenger bus. Emotional outbursts and cries of wailing men and women resonated as more and more grief- stricken relatives as well as villagers from the area began showing up at the scene. Moving scenes at the ghastly sight of the tragedy took a dramatic turn when many of them began to identify their beloved ones at the Kebithigollewa rural hospital where 58 bodies were initially placed for identification. The bus with 150 passengers in its full complement its doom when Tamil Tigers (LTTE) terrorists blew it up using two claymore mines in the rush hour. The death toll as at 1500hrs (local time) stood at 63 including 15 school children and a few pregnant women. At the time this report was filed, a total of 87 wounded in the powerful explosion have been admitted to Kebithigollewa and Anuradhapura base hospitals. Eight of them were later transferred to Colombo National Hospital for immediate surgery as their condition turned worse. Special Police teams and troops dispatched to the location were in the process of clearing the area after mounting a massive cordon and search operation in the affected area. The Police were also busy preparing arrangements to conduct post-mortems into the deaths of 63 civilians who were feared killed in the gruesome LTTE blast that shook the peace loving Sri Lankans, both here and abroad. This inhuman and “senseless” massacre, as LTTE media pundits themselves claimed miserably after pointing the finger at Sri Lankan Security Forces, serves as strong evidence to the effect that LTTE terrorists are hysterically more interested in blood shed but not in the so- called “Peace talks” . It is further distinctly clear that the LTTE within a matter of few hours after their return from Oslo and Geneva, has gone to the extent of committing a heinous and barbaric slaying of this magnitude in a remote area like Kebithigollewa where mostly peasants engaged in cultivations make their living. The security forces at this critical hour of our history appeals to the public to show restraint and remain calm giving maximum possible assistance to the law enforcement authorities (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).
Explosion kills 64 in Sri Lanka - Suspected Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels killed 64 people on Thursday when mines blew up a bus in the worst attack since a 2002 truce, officials said, prompting a wave of air strikes on rebel positions. The government said the rebels used two mines side by side, peppering the packed bus with ball bearings on an isolated road near rebel territory. At the hospital in the north central town of Anuradhapura, some mourned the loss of whole families. Most on the bus were from the island's majority Sinhalese community. The government said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) wanted to provoke an ethnic backlash against minority Tamils to support their demands for a separate Tamil homeland. The Tigers denied involvement in the attack. Few have believed their denials of responsibility for similar attacks on the military. The rebels said the government launched air raids on northeastern coastal areas of rebel territory. There were casualties, they said, but gave no further details.The government refused to comment on any retaliation, but a military source said Israeli-built Kfir fighter bombers were being used to hit rebel targets. They were the first air strikes on the rebels since early May. Many fear the peace process is in its last throes. The Tigers pulled out of peace talks in April but had agreed to talks last week in Oslo over the safety of ceasefire monitors. On arrival, they refused to meet the government. Mediator Norway last week wrote to both sides asking them to recommit themselves to the truce. The government replied and said it was committed, but the Tigers have yet to respond (Full report in Aftenposten in Norway).
62 dead in Sri Lanka bus blast - A powerful landmine ripped through a packed bus in northern Sri Lanka on Thursday, killing at least 62 people in the worst act of violence since a 2002 ceasefire, the army said. Sri Lanka's air force responded by bombing rebel-held areas in the northeast. The government blamed the Tamil Tiger rebels for blowing up the bus crowded with commuters and schoolchildren — spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella called it "a barbaric act" — but the rebels denied responsibility. Thursday's violence came during nearly a year of fighting that began with last summer's assassination of Sri Lanka's foreign minister. With the ceasefire as shaky as ever and diplomats saying relations between the government and Tigers are at a low point, Sri Lanka appeared once again on the brink of full-scale war. The explosion was described as "huge" by military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe, who said it tore through a bus in a crowded part of the northern town of Kabithigollewa at around 8 a.m. The blast was believed to have been caused by a landmine packed with 10 kilograms of explosives, he added. "The blasts hit the middle of the bus and it overturned, trapping passengers," said Bandula Seneviratne, a Sri Lankan photographer who was among the first to reach the scene, about 210 kilometres northeast of Colombo. A doctor at the hospital where the victims were taken, S.B. Bothota, said 15 schoolchildren were among the 62 killed. Another 78 people were wounded, he said. Hours later, the pro-rebel TamilNet website said two jets bombed areas in the north of the country after the explosion, but it provided no other details. Samarasinghe confirmed the bombings, saying the air force was taking limited deterrent action. Samarasinghe blamed the Tigers, saying their "motive is to create terror." Police said the victims were primarily ethnic Sinhalese. But a senior rebel leader countered the army accusation by suggesting the attack could be "the work of forces seeking to create ethnic tension between the Sinhalese and the Tamil population." "The Liberation Tigers condemn the attack on civilians in strongest possible terms," Seevaratnam Puleedevan was quoted as saying by TamilNet. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam fought for 20 years to carve out a separate homeland in Sri Lanka's north and east for the country's 3.2 million minority Tamils, who are largely Hindu. The majority of Sri Lankans are Sinhalese Buddhists. A ceasefire four years ago ended large-scale fighting, but violence has persisted, intensifying following the assassination last August of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, a killing blamed on the Tigers. Four months later, the Tigers killed 12 navy sailors — the first major attack in four years — and the situation on the ground has only deteriorated since then, with violence that has left more than 600 soldiers, rebels and civilians dead. Both sides have blamed the other for the violence, and the Tigers also routinely blame a breakaway rebel faction for attacks on civilians. Diplomatic efforts to quell the violence and get the peace process back on track have not fared much better. The Tigers pulled out of peace talks in April, and then last week scuttled negotiations by refusing to meet representatives of the government side after arriving in Oslo, the venue for the talks (Full report in Toronto Star).
Explosion on Bus in Sri Lanka Kills 62 - A powerful land mine ripped through a bus packed with commuters and schoolchildren in northern Sri Lanka on Thursday, killing at least 62 people, the army said. Sri Lanka's air force responded by bombing rebel-held areas in the northeast. The army blamed the Tamil Tiger rebels for the bus explosion, but the rebels denied responsibility. The explosion _ described as "huge" by military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe _ was the worst single act of violence since the government and Tamil Tiger rebels signed a cease-fire in 2002, and renewed fears of a return to war. The pro-rebel TamilNet Web site said two jets bombed areas in the north of the country after the explosion, but it provided no other details. Samarasinghe confirmed the bombings, saying the air force was taking deterrent action, but it will be limited. A doctor at the hospital where the bodies from the explosion were taken, S.B. Bothota, said 15 schoolchildren were among the 62 killed. Another 78 people were wounded by the blast, which also hit bystanders in a crowded part of Kabithigollewa, a town in the northern Anuradhapura district. Samarasinghe blamed the Tigers, saying their "motive is to create terror." The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam fought for 20 years to carve out a separate homeland in Sri Lanka's north and east for the country's 3.2 million minority Tamils, who are largely Hindu. The majority of Sri Lankans are Sinhalese, most of whom are Buddhists. The cease-fire four years ago ended large-scale fighting, but violence has persisted, intensifying in the past several months and killing civilians. Kabithigollewa is near the northeastern districts of Vavuniya and Trincomalee, flashpoints for violence in recent months between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan military (Full report in Independent).
Over 60 dead in Sri Lanka bus bombing - More than 60 people, including 15 children, were killed on Thursday morning in a landmine attack on a commuter bus in Sri Lanka - an action the government blamed on the Tamil Tiger rebel group. Sri Lankan air force fighter jets pounded territory controlled by rebels in the north and east of the country in retaliation for the bombing, which was apparently aimed at the the majority Sinhalese community. But as fears mounted of a return to full-scale civil war in the ethnically divided island state, a military spokesperson emphasised that the air-strikes were only "a deterrent measure meant to neutralise Tamil terrorist strongholds". "This is not a breakout of war," the spokesperson, Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe, said in a telephone interview. "This is only a limited action." At least 63 people were killed in the bus bombing. 42 people were injured, some of whom were flown to hospitals in the capital Colombo for treatment. The explosion is believed to have been caused by a 20-kg Claymore mine. It ripped through the commuter bus ferrying school children and workers from the countryside into Kabithigollewa town about 200 km north of Colombo. It was the worst attack against civilians since the February 2002 ceasefire between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). "It was a regular state transport bus and all the passengers killed were Sinhalese," Brigadier Samarasinghe said. "We have no doubt that the attack is the handiwork of the LTTE." The LTTE denied it was responsible for planting the mine. Following the bombing Israeli-made Kfir jets were sent to bomb Mutur near the eastern port city of Trincomalee and Mulattivvu further north, where the LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is believed to be situated (Full report in the Guardian UK).
LTTE Claymore Mine Attack On Civilian Bus Kills over 50 - ANURADHAPURA: A BUS TRAVELING FROM KANUGAHAWEWA to KEBITHIGOLLEWA belonging to the Sri Lanka Transport Board with about 100 passengers mainly from the YAKAWELA area was trapped in an LTTE claymore mine explosion at VIHARAHALMILLEWA, KONGOLLEWA at about 7.45 a.m. this morning (15) killing 58 passengers and injuring over 45. The powerful explosion had thrown the bus off the road to a distance of about 20 meters. It is feared that some passengers may be still trapped under the bus. A total of 25 bodies have been sent to the KEBTHIGOLLEWA hospital. The passengers included school children, men and women of all ages on their way to town. Rescue operations are underway (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).
Welikanda Massacre on 29 May 2006
This girl in Welikanda cries for her father who was among the twelve people killed by the LTTE last Tuesday. Pic by Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi (Full Details in Sri Lanka News Online).
Kalyanapura, Gomarankadawala Massacre on 23 April 2006
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Chronology of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists since June 2005
LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists continue to assassinate civilians, members of the rival political parties and security personnel under the banner of cease-fire agreement
Politically motivated killings, arbitrary arrests, harassments, abductions, detentions, torture, extortions, intimidations, use of children as child soldiers, disappearances and conscriptions are some of the many fundamental right violations of the LTTE (so-called Liberation Tigers of Tamil eelam). The Tamil People who had been enjoying all the democratic and human rights in those areas have now been deprived of many of their basic rights and hardly one day passes without at least one person getting killed in these areas. The terrorist outfit is continuing its terror campaign freely by eliminating their opponents including Tamils with the intension of carving out a separate fascist state. Read more………
LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists massacred 61 Sinhalese villagers including 17 Women and 7 children on 18 September 1999
The victims were dragged from their sleep and hacked and chopped to death using machetes and swords, some of them still lying in bed. LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists struck at three villages of Kalpengala and Bedirekka of Ampara District, at about 4 a.m on 18 September 1999. According to the information received upto now 31 males, 15 females, 2 pregnant mothers and 14 children have been hacked to death. In addition these LTTE Tamil terrorists have looted the belongings of these innocent poor people. They were butchered by armed LTTE ultras. The victims were dragged from their sleep and hacked and chopped to death using machetes and swords. Those who tried to seek refuge in the nearby dense jungles were chased and killed (See details in Sri Lanka News Online).
LTTE's links with other international terrorist groups
- Osama hand in glove with LTTE - The Times of India
 http://www.svik.org/lttealqaeda.htm - The LTTE - Al Qaeda link
 http://www.svik.org/thai.htm - LTTE and Thailand
4] http://www.slembassyusa.org/defense/2004/amb_black_statement_08sept04.html - Question: Mr. Ambassador, do you find any evidence about links between the LTTE and Al-Qaeda?
 http://www.state.gov/g/inl/rls/rm/2002/8743.htm and http://www.ciponline.org/colombia/02031305.htm
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Suicide Killings - DataChronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka
Tamil National Alliance parliamentary candidate Rajan Sathiyamoorthy was killed by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists on 30 March 2004.
Evangelical movement in North and East led by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists ......LTTE Tamil Tigers Attempt to Assassinate Hindu Leader, Minister T Maheshwaran
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 1)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 2)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 3)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 4)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 5)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 6)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 7)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 8)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 9)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 10)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 11)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 12)
Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 13)
LTTE Activities in South Africa
Norway and LTTE
LTTE the Sole Representatives of Tamils?
- By Prof Shantha K Hennayake
- By Prof Shantha K Hennayake
The Facts About So Called Discrimination
Katunayake International Airport Attack
LTTE Child Combatants by Rohan Gunaratna
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