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17 Tamil rebels killed in Sri Lanka

world Updated: Jan 26, 2008 15:14 IST
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At least 17 Tamil Tiger guerrillas were killed in a series of battles with government soldiers in northern Sri Lanka, the military said on Saturday.

Fighting occurred along the frontlines in Vavuniya district throughout Friday, leaving 13 guerrillas of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) dead, said a defence ministry official.

Separate clashes in nearby Mannar district killed four insurgents and one soldier.

Clashes have escalated between government troops and guerrillas since the government officially abandoned the six-year-old Norwegian backed ceasefire Jan 16.