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7 soldiers, 35 rebels killed in fresh clashes in Sri Lanka

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Dec 5, IRNA
Sri Lanka-LTTE-Clashes
At least seven soldiers and 28 Tamil Tigers were killed in a series of clashes in restive northern Sri Lanka, the army said in Colombo today.

"At least 10 militants were gunned down this morning when troops clashed with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) elements ahead of Wanni defences at Parappakandal in Vavuniya," PTI reported here quoting Sri Lankan Defence Ministry.

In another incident today at Narikulam in Vavuniya, security forces said they destroyed an LTTE bunker killing at least seven Tiger militants and injuring many others.

"LTTE has been making continuous attempts to breach the military defences at the Wanni front in fear of loosing foothold at the southern boundaries of Kilinochchi District," the ministry said.

Kilinochchi is located south of Jaffna peninsula, now under government control, and separated from the narrow Kilali lagoon, and borders Mannar and LTTE-controlled Mulaithiuvu districts.

In another incident, the Sri Lankan army today lost four soldiers in a mine blast at Sinnasippikulam in Vavuniya.

According to military sources, two other soldiers were also injured in the blast which took place while the troops were riding a tractor.

Earlier in the morning, three soldiers were killed when a 'route- clearing' army patrol was ambushed by Tamil rebels along the Vavuniya- Medawachchiya main road, security sources said.

Injured soldiers were admitted to the general hospital at Anuradhapura in North-central Sri lanka, sources said.

Meanwhile, the Defence Ministry said at least 11 Tiger rebels were killed in a confrontation with government troops at Mullikulam in Vavuniya yesterday.

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