14 rebels killed in artillery fire, gunbattles in northeast Sri Lanka

Hamas takeover 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
Hamas takeover 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
Sri Lankan soldiers killed 14 Tamil separatists in an artillery attack and gunbattles in the embattled northeast, the military said Tuesday. Troops stationed along the northern front line in Pokkaravai village, Vavuniya district, came under heavy mortar fire by Tamil Tiger rebels Monday, a Defense Ministry official said. Troops repelled the attack with artillery fire, killing two guerrillas, the official on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The fighting wounded two soldiers, he said. Separately, nine rebels died in gunbattles in nearby Mannar district, while two were killed in fighting on the northern Jaffna peninsula, he said.