Sri Lankan military: 16 Tamil rebels killed in fighting

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.