Clashes kill 12 in northern Sri Lanka

March 9th, 2008 - 1:14 am ICT by admin  

Colombo, March 8 (Xinhua) Ten Tamil Tiger rebels and two soldiers were killed in a fierce battle in the north Saturday, Sri Lankan military said. Army officials said troops who mobilised artillery guns and armour tanks destroyed a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) bunker line and captured four rebel bunkers to the north of Manthai in Mannar district.

The air force also participated in the mission using MI-24 gunship during the mission, the officials said.

Ten LTTE cadres were confirmed killed and a large number injured in the battle, while two soldiers were killed and four sustained injuries.

Sri Lanka’s security forces are currently engaging the rebels in the Northern Province with heavy artillery and mortar duels being reported regularly.

The Sri Lankan government said Wednesday 104 soldiers and police officers were killed while 822 were wounded in February during the conflicts between government troops and the LTTE.

It also said 871 LTTE rebels were killed in February, in addition to about 500 rebels killed in January.

Having taken over the control of the Eastern Province last July, government leaders now vow to crush the Tamil Tigers from their last Northern Province bastion.

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