Two dead in Tamil Tiger ambush

Fighting continues around former rebel stronghold of Vakarai.

    The Sri Lankan military are now on patrol near the former rebel stronghold of Vakarai [AFP]

    "Acquiring some real estate does not mean much," Ilanthirayan said, referring to the army's advance into eastern rebel territories.
    The military continued to clear Vakarai of mines and booby-trapped devices for a second straight day on Monday, military officials said.
    Collapsed truce
    About 20,000 people have fled the town in recent weeks to escape the fighting, which has claimed the lives of 500 combatants, according to the military.
    The rebels have been fighting since 1983 to establish an independent homeland for Sri Lanka's minority ethnic Tamils after decades of discrimination under the majority Sinhalese-dominated government.
    A 2002 truce still exists on paper, but has virtually collapsed since the resurgence of large-scale fighting last year.
    On Sunday morning, army troops killed at least 18 Tigers as they tried to flee into rebel-held jungle in Batticaloa district, a military spokesman said.
    Troops also found the bodies of at least 22 rebels killed in an army assault on Saturday.
    The army took control for the first time in 11 years of a main road connecting the island nation's two main towns, Batticaloa and Trincomalee, during a the weekend's military action.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.