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Rebel Attack Kills Two, Curfew Imposed

August 27, 1996

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Suspected Tamil rebels threw a hand grenade at a police jeep Tuesday in a northern Sri Lankan town, killing two people and wounding 14 others.

Military spokesman Panduka Senanayake said a civilian and a police officer were killed in the attack in Vavuniya, a town 131 miles north of Colombo. Vavuniya is military’s last outpost before rebel-controlled jungles.

Soldiers and police arrested several suspects after a manhunt, Senanayake said, and imposed a curfew on the town.

Hundreds of Tamil refugees have fled northern Sri Lanka in recent weeks after the army launched an offensive against rebel positions near Vavuniya.

Tamil rebels, who say they face discrimination from Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhalese, have waged a 13-year guerrilla war for an independent homeland.

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