Sri Lankan military: Fresh fighting kills 27 rebels, 2 soldiers in north

New fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels along Sri Lanka's northern front lines killed 27 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Wednesday. Fighting erupted Tuesday in the Vavuniya and Welioya regions bordering the rebels' de facto state in the north, the military said. The fighting in Vavuniya killed 16 rebels and one soldier, while in the nearby Welioya region, 11 rebels and one soldier died, he said. Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not immediately be reached for comment.