Regarding news articles from BBC, Reuters, and Yahoo News: Blast sparks Sri Lanka air raids, Sri Lanka says committed to talks with Tiger rebels, Sri Lanka’s bloodiest suicide bombing kills 103 people respectively.

To: [email protected]; [email protected]; Reuters Feedback; Yahoo News Discuss; AFP Concact

Date: 2006/10/17 @ 3:30 PM [GMT -5]

Dear Sirs:

I have read the news, Blast sparks Sri Lanka air raids, or Sri Lanka says committed to talks with Tiger rebels, or Sri Lanka’s bloodiest suicide bombing kills 103 people, on your website. I was shocked to find that you have noted as “people”, while it was infact Sri Lankan Navy personnel. I do not know the intention of the twisted fact, but this is not the way I would expect a prominent news media to report. Even the photos taken at the scene of the incident clearly shows the weapons.

Even many Sri Lankan state supportive news medias were moderate enough to report the fact. Moreover CNN reported as “… killed dozens of navy sailors …“. In addition, I have provided many links below to the sources of the same news, which reports as “Navy sailors” instead of “people”, which appear as civilians. I always think your service is unbiased, but it seems like your reporters may not be. I hope to see non-twisted truths in the future reportings.

I have also archived this letter in my web blog at Re: Blast sparks Sri Lanka air raids.

Security personnel collect the weapons of sailors killed in a suicide bomb attack carried out by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in the north-eastern Sri lankan town of Habarana. Soldiers examine the remains of a truck used by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels to stage a suicide attack against busloads of sailors in the north-eastern town of Habarana.Sri Lankan sailors remove bloodied military equipment from the wreckage of buses in Habarana after the island's worst-ever suicide bombing.Sri Lankan sailors remove bloodied military equipment from the wreckage of buses in Habarana.Removing military weapons from Navy convoy, which was attaced by LTTEThe worsening cycle of violence in Sri Lanka, where Tamil Tiger rebels this week launched their bloodiest-ever suicide attack, is a sign that neither side in the brutal ethnic conflict is ready to sit down for talks slated for next week, analysts said.A helmet and a shirt of a soldier are seen among the debris at the site of a suicide explosion near Dambulla, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 16, 2006. Tamil tiger rebels rammed a truck loaded with explosives into a convoy of military buses, killing at least 92 sailors and wounding 150 others, the military said, in one of the deadliest rebel attacks since the 2002 cease-fire.Security personnel collect the weapons of sailors killed in a suicide bomb attack carried out by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in the north-eastern Sri Lankan town of Habarana, in the Trincomalee district October 16, 2006.Security personnel collect the weapons of sailors killed in a suicide bomb attack carried out by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in the north-eastern Sri Lankan town of Habarana, in the Trincomalee district October 16, 2006.Guns are seen on the foreground at the site of a suicide explosion near Dambulla, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka on Monday, Oct. 16, 2006. Tamil tiger rebels rammed a truck loaded with explosives into a convoy of military buses, killing at least 92 sailors and wounding 150 others, the military said, in one of the deadliest rebel attacks since the 2002 cease-fire.A boot of a soldier is seen among the debris at the site of a suicide explosion near Dambulla, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 16, 2006. Tamil tiger rebels rammed a truck loaded with explosives into a convoy of military buses, killing at least 92 sailors and wounding 150 others, the military said, in one of the deadliest rebel attacks since the 2002 cease-fire.

* Pictures are taken from http://news.yahoo.com/

UN Secretary General Koffi Annan’s Offical Statement
Death toll of the suicide attack goes over 100 as Koffi Annan calls it most “Apalling”
Issuing a statement in New York, the Secretary General of the United Nations Koffi Annan’s office said, “The Secretary-General is alarmed by the upsurge of violence in Sri Lanka in the past several months, including today’s appalling suicide bombing of a convoy of military buses. The Secretary-General deplores the escalation of violence. ”

Sri Lanka’s National Television
LTTE terrorists rammed the naval convoy at Digampataha in Habarana with an explosive laden vehicle at around 1.45p.m today killing 92 …
“The naval convoy comprising 24 buses were at the Digampataha rendezvous point at the time of the attack. The location has been used by the navy. Over 340 unarmed naval personnel who were both going on leave and reporting back to duties were believed to be present at the location. The naval sources further said that 13 buses have also been severely damaged in the explosion.”

Some optimism for Sri Lankan peace despite rebel blast killing 95 sailors
“Tamil Tiger suicide bombing killed at least 95 sailors one of the deadliest attacks in more than 20 years of fighting on the tropical island.”

Tigers unleash highnoon horror
“A suspected LTTE truck bomber rammed into a navy convoy killing 94 unarmed sailors and injuring 116 others at a troop’s transit point at Digampathaha in Habarana yesterday afternoon.”

LTTE suicide bomber kills 72 sailors, injures 70
“An LTTE suicide cadre driving a truck loaded with explosives, ploughed into a group of Naval personnel gathered to board buses at Diganpathana, in Habarana yesterday and triggered off an explosion killing 72 and injuring over 70.”

Nearly 100 sailors killed in LTTE suicide attack
“An explosives-laden Canter truck from the direction of Dambulla exploded targeting those unarmed sailors going on leave and reporting for duty around 1.30 pm,” a senior Navy officer told the Daily News.

LTTE suicidal vehicle attacks the Naval convoy – Habarana
“The naval convoy comprising 15 buses were parked at the Diagmpatana rendezvous point at the time of the attack. Over 150 unarmed naval personnel who were going on leave were believed to be present at the location.”

Suicide attack on Navy convoy, 98 killed 116 injured
“Ninety eight naval personnel were killed when LTTE suicide cadres rammed an explosive laden Canter lorry into a convoy of buses transporting Navy men at Diganpathana on the Dambulla-Habarana road around 1.45 this afternoon.”

Tigers unleash high noon horror
““The victims were unarmed sailors, some going home on vacation and the others returning for duty,” military spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe said.”

92 navy men killed; Over 150 injured and 13 vehicles damaged at Habarana
“92 naval personnel were killed and over 150 were injured when tiger terrorists rammed a vehicle full of explosives on a convoy of vehicles carrying naval troops.”

Bomb blast on SLN vehicles, 70 killed
“A lorry laden with explosives rammed into 15 Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) vehicles and buses with more than 150 SLN troopers, at Digampatana in Habarana, 80 km southwest of Trincomalee, killing at least 70 troopers, Sri Lanka military sources in Colombo said.”

Sri Lanka retaliates with air strikes after suicide attack kills 102 sailors
“The Sri Lanka Air Force struck two identified LTTE sea bases in Mullaitivu and a LTTE military camp in Mankulam this morning after a suicide attack on a Sri Lanka Navy convoy killed over 100 unarmed sailors yesterday.”

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