At least 26 Tamil Tiger rebels and one soldier were killed in fresh clashes between government troops and the guerrillas in the restive northern Sri Lanka, the military said on Monday.
During a pre-emptive strike launched at Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam positions ahead of Muhamalai forward defence line in Jaffna yesterday, the troops destroyed an LTTE bunker, killing three rebels, the Army said.
At Vilathikulam in Vavuniya district, Sri Lankan Army (SLA) repulsed two successive LTTE offensive bids, killing at least seven Tigers last evening, security sources said.
No casualties were reported among the troops.
SLA sources said four rebels were killed at the general area of Uyilankulam in Mannar yesterday when troops attacked and destroyed an LTTE bunker in the morning.
The army destroyed another LTTE bunker at Adampan area of Mannar, killing five rebels.
According to delayed reports that reached here, at least seven Tigers were killed and a dozen others wounded during intermittent clashes at northern and Wanni defence lines on Friday.