Eleven killed in fighting across Sri Lanka
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Author:  Percy [ Sun Jul 22, 2007 7:21 am ]
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Eleven killed in fighting across Sri Lanka
Police commandos kill 5 Tamil rebels including Regional leader

"Five LTTE cadres including a regional leader, Ravindran were killed when Special Task Force (STF) personnel repulsed an LTTE attack at Neriyakanaththa in the Kanchikudiaru area in Ampara district on Saturday morning."

@ DailyTimes.PK/ Sunday, July 22, 2007

COLOMBO: Eleven people were killed and three wounded in battles between security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels across Sri Lanka’s north and eastern regions, the defence ministry said on Saturday.

Suspected rebels clashed with police commandos in the eastern town of Ampara Saturday, with troops killing six rebels, the ministry said, adding there were no casualties among security forces.

Two foot patrol soldiers were wounded when rebels set off a Claymore mine in the northern district of Vavuniya on Saturday, the ministry said.

In the same area, an airforce camp came under rebel attack early Saturday, wounding an airman, police said. The military claimed they also killed five Tamil Tiger rebels, when they clashed in the northern district of Jaffna late on Friday.

There was no immediate comment from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who have been fighting for an independent homeland for minority Tamils in a bitter ethnic conflict that has claimed more than 60,000 lives since 1972.

The fresh clashes come two days after the government celebrated the capture of the last bastion of the LTTE in the east of the island with a victory parade.

Police kill 5 rebels: Five ethnic Tamil militants were killed in a clash with police commandos in eastern Sri Lanka on Saturday, the military said, a day after some 20 people died in separate clashes across the north and east.

The clash erupted when the rebels attacked the commandos in Kanchikudichcharu village in Ampara district, 220 kilometers (130 miles) east of the capital, Colombo, an official at the Media Center for National Security said.

The commandos recovered assault rifles, explosives and detonators from the site, the official said on condition of anonymity in line with policy.

Saturday’s violence came a day after some 17 rebels and three soldiers were killed in separate clashes, according to the military.

Troops killed five suspected Tamil rebels who were trying to plant mines near a defense line in Eluthumadduval village on the northern Jaffna peninsula on Friday, the information center said Saturday, adding that the soldiers also recovered 12 anti-personnel mines.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in more than two decades of war.

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