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


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.