26 killed in Sri Lanka’s fresh fighting

June 24th, 2008 - 2:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, June 24 (IANS) Twenty-one Tamil Tiger guerrrillas and five security personnel were killed while over 40 wounded in fresh fighting in Sri Lanka’s northeast, official sources said Tuesday. The Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) of the ministry of defence said 10 rebels were killed in the north-eastern Weli-Oya region.

Eleven were gunned down in sporadic clashes in north-western Mannar and northern Vavuniya regions Monday.

The MCNS said that advancing troops had captured six Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) bunkerlines north of Janakapura in Weli Oya. Two soldiers were killed and seven wounded in the clashes.

In another incident, three police officers were killed and one was injured when they came under a suspected LTTE bomb attack at Aiyanthamalai in the eastern district of Batticaloa Monday evening.

According to the MCNS, the bomb targeting the police officers went off when they were on their way to have bath in a nearby brook.

Thousands have been killed in recent years in escalating violence in Sri Lanka.

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