Simon Gardner

Muslims hacked to death in Sri Lanka, rebels blamed

Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels hacked 10 Muslim labourers to death and badly wounded another in eastern Sri Lanka at the weekend, the army said on Monday, the latest in a string of mass killings and abuses. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam blamed the killings, near the island's Yala National Park, on the military.

Sri Lankans displaced by war face bleak future

Sheltering from the sun under a ragged awning in one of dozens of cramped refugee camps in Sri Lanka's war-ravaged east, 18-year-old Sharmila Rahim dreams of being a teacher. But her village was wrecked, her house damaged and her school books burnt as the military and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels began a new chapter of a two-decade civil war earlier this month.

Sri Lanka pounds rebel positions after sniper attack

Sri Lanka's navy rained mortar shells on Tamil rebel positions in the island's restive east on Friday, after suspected snipers killed one sailor and injured another as sporadic attacks raise fears of renewed war. The Tamil Tiger rebels said none of their fighters were killed by the mortars, but said they clashed with an army unit in their territory in the eastern district of Batticaloa,

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