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Sri Lanka group says it killed 30 rebels
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka
A breakaway faction of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers overran three rebel camps in the east of the island yesterday, killing at least 30 guerrillas in one of the biggest attacks in recent months, the group said.
About 200 members of the renegade group, which is led by former Tiger eastern commander Karuna Amman, attacked the camps in the jungles of Toppigala about 40 kilometers from the town of Batticaloa.
"Our intelligence reports said there were top LTTE commanders there, 30 cadres were killed on the spot," said Asad Maulana, a spokesman for the Tamileela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, the political wing of the Karuna faction.
Two members of Karuna's group were wounded in the attack, he said. The three camps, including one for women fighters, were destroyed and a large quantity of ammunition including two rocket launchers was found.
There was no immediate comment from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which says the Sri Lankan military is backing the splinter group. The military denies the charge.
Bus accident kills 40
RANCHI, India
At least 40 people were feared drowned yesterday when a bus plunged off a bridge into the Ganges river in eastern India, authorities said.
The bus crashed through the railings of the bridge about 10 kilometers north of Patna city, capital of Bihar state, said Awdhesh Kumar, a senior government official.
"We have pressed divers to look for survivors, but have not been able to even trace the bus," Kumar, who is overseeing the rescue, said by phone from Patna.
The driver apparently lost control in the dense morning fog, witnesses said. The bus was going to Patna from Hajipur town in the north of the state.
Buses in India often carry more people than they are allowed to and often ignore traffic rules and speed limits.
Vietnam bird flu cases
HANOI, Vietnam
Four members of a family in southern Vietnam have been hospitalized with symptoms of bird flu, a doctor said yesterday, the first suspected human cases in the country in more than a year.
A 36-year-old woman and her three children aged three to 13 were admitted to Nam Can Hospital in Ca Mau province this past week with fevers, coughing, decreased white blood cells and damaged lungs, said Ho Van Van, a doctor at the hospital.
The family had four chickens and five ducks, and ate one of the chickens, which had fallen sick and died, on December 23, he said.


Updated : 2021-04-18 14:47 GMT+08:00