Six Lankan soldiers killed by Tamil rebels

November 14th, 2007 - 2:19 am ICT by admin  
The rebels are said to have overrun an army outpost that was manned by nine soldiers.

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said that six were killed and one was wounded. Two more are missing, he added.

Hours later, an army tractor that was sent to collect the dead soldiers hit a landmine and another soldier was killed, Three more were wounded.

Much of the fighting in Sri Lanka is usually confined to the north where the rebels control a swathe of territory. There were no reports of any rebel casualties.

The battle is said to have taken place near the Yala Wildlife Sanctuary on Sri Lanka’s south-east coast.

Attacks like this in the south-east are unusual. Much of the fighting in recent weeks has been taking place in the north of the country.

Earlier this year, the government organised a parade to celebrate the taking control of the entire east of the island, the BBC reported.

The military claims to have killed 24 rebels in battles. (ANI)

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