Sri Lankan military: Soldiers seize rebel-held territory, kill 20

Sri Lankan soldiers captured rebel-held territory in the embattled north following a battle that killed at least 20 combatants, the military said Wednesday. Troops seized about one-square kilometer (2.2 square miles) of territory near the village of Parappakanda in northern Mannar district Tuesday night, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara. He said fighting resulted in the deaths of 19 guerrillas and one soldier. Five soldiers were also wounded.