Sri Lanka: 5 rebels, 1 soldier killed in mortar and gunfire battles

Soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels traded mortar and small arms fire across embattled northern Sri Lanka, killing five guerrillas and a soldier, the military said Sunday. Troops and Tamil Tigers fought a gunbattle Saturday along the front lines in the village of Killali on the Jaffna peninsula, leaving three insurgents dead, said a defense ministry official. The battle wounded five soldiers and three rebels, the official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media. Other fighting in the north killed two other rebels and one soldier, he said.