Sri Lankan military: 16 Tamil rebels killed in fighting

December 9, 2007 08:08


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Gun battles and mortar fire between soldiers and Tamil Tiger fighters across the front lines in northern Sri Lanka killed 16 rebels, the military said Sunday. Soldiers repelled a rebel mortar attack in Periyathampanai village in the district of Vavuniya on Saturday, killing 10 guerrillas, a defense ministry official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Two soldiers were injured, he said. Four insurgents were killed in a clash in nearby Mannar district, while two other rebels were killed in northern Jaffna peninsula, he said.

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