SOUTH ASIA INTELLIGENCE REVIEW
Murders, Calling Truce
of events that preceded the NDFB's truce offer is interesting:
After the December 2003 Bhutanese military assault on the
bases of the NDFB and other Northeast Indian insurgent groups
inside the Himalayan kingdom, these tribal guerrillas were
lying low, most of them cooling their heels on the Meghalaya-Bangladesh
border. By August-September 2004, the NDFB started flexing
its muscles, and carried out a few isolated attacks in western
Assam, but still went largely unnoticed. They were, of course,
pushing ahead with a strategy that is common in the region's
theatre of insurgency, but one that has always succeeded
in making the Government sit up and take notice - stepping
up violence like never before.
'Peace' by Assassination
who declared independence from the LTTE central command,
fled his stronghold and defected to Government-controlled
areas on April 9,2004, when Prabhakaran ordered an all out
attack to quash the rebellion. Ever since the defection,
intermittent skirmishes and killings have occurred in Batticaloa,
the northern Jaffna Peninsula and the capital Colombo.
Weekly Fatalities: Major Conflicts in South Asia
October 4-10, 2004
41 people killed during bomb blast in Multan: At least 41 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a bomb blast in the city of Multan on October 7, 2004. The attack occurred at about 4.40AM (PST) when hundreds of people had gathered to mark the first anniversary of the killing of Sunni leader and Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP) chief, Maulana Azim Tariq, outside Islamabad. "It seems to be an act of sectarian terrorism, but we are still investigating," Multan's deputy police chief, Arshad Hameed, told the Associated Press. While no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, police suspect the involvement of outlawed Shia groups. The attack comes almost a week after a suicide attacker detonated a bomb inside a crowded Shia mosque in the eastern city of Sialkot, killing 31 people and injuring more than 50. Dawn, October 8, 2004.
1,424 children recruited by LTTE during truce period, says SLMM spokesperson: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have recruited 1,424 children, out of which 45 have been abducted, during the last 28-month truce period ending August 31, while 359 adults were abducted during the same period, a spokesperson of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) said on October 9, 2004. The SLMM's latest statistics reveal that, from February 2002 to end-August 2004, 1,760 complaints were recorded in all districts of the North and East. Daily News, October 10, 2004.
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