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Galle Harbour Under Attack

October 18, 2006

The LTTE terrorists have launched an attack at the Galle harbour and SL Navy camp Dakshina at 7.45 this morning.

Three explosions have occurred in this attack. Naval troops are retaliating the LTTE attack and the exchange of fire is still on.

Few casualties have also been reported and they were rushed to the teaching hospital in Karapitiya.

Reinforcement are been sent to the location.

More info will follow.

Source – www.defence.lk

Suicide bombing at Sri Lankan port

COLOMBO – Suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bombers Wednesday infiltrated the port of Galle in southern Sri Lanka and were attacking facilities there, defense spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told AFP.

“The attack is going on at the moment and we have no reports of any commercial shopping areas being attacked,” Rambukwella said. “Obviously they have come to Galle on a suicide mission.”

The spokesman said the military had sent gunboats into Galle — a popular destination with foreign tourists — to counter the attack by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The military also maintains a base in the area and ammunition depots in Galle harbor, which is also used by commercial shipping companies.

Details of the attack were sketchy, but residents in Galle, located 110 kilometers south of the capital Colombo, said at least 10 explosions were heard and there was also gunfire in the area.

Police used loudspeakers to ask residents to leave their homes.

The attack on Galle came two days after a huge suicide bombing against a naval convoy in Sri Lanka that killed at least 103 people and wounded 150 others. AFP

Source – http://uw.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=53548

As you can see there is no end in sight. Even though both parties are scheduled for peace talks on the 28th. I’d hate to predict more violence in the upcoming week. Even in Colombo….

UPDATE – L.B.O.

COLOMBO, Oct 18, 2006 (AFP) – Suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bombers Wednesday infiltrated the port of Galle in southern Sri Lanka and attacked naval facilities, defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told AFP.

Guerrillas in five boats broke into the habour and detonated powerful explosions, police said while reporting that two people were killed and 10 wounded in the early stages of the attack.

“The attack is going on at the moment,” Rambukwella said. “Obviously they have come to Galle on a suicide mission.”

He said there were no immediate reports of merchant shipping being attacked, but the naval facilities were under fire.

The spokesman said the military had sent gunboats into Galle — a popular destination with foreign tourists — to counter the attack by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)….

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. sittingnut permalink
    October 18, 2006 4:46 am

    afp report is too alarmist. in fact military is urging ppl not to panic.

  2. Sam permalink
    October 18, 2006 6:49 pm

    How much this effect the living cost?

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