11 combatants killed in fighting in Sri Lanka

The Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lanka's military clashed in the country's volatile east Wednesday, and the military said eight rebels and three soldiers were killed. "The terrorists mounted a severe attack on our camps in Batticaloa district soon after midnight," said Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe, a military spokesman. "There was heavy fighting and we have recovered eight terrorist dead bodies." Three soldiers were killed and 12 others wounded in the clashes, Samarasinghe said. A Norwegian-brokered cease-fire in 2002 slowed violence in Sri Lanka, but fighting flared in 2005 after a new government was elected on a platform of getting tough with the insurgents, who want a separate homeland for the country's 3.1 million minority ethnic Tamils.