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29 killed in Lanka clashes

world Updated: Jun 30, 2008 19:52 IST
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At least 27 LTTE cadres and two soldiers were killed in battles in restive northern Sri Lanka as fighter jets targeted a rebel base in the region, officials said on Monday.

Sri Lanka Air Force fighter jets raided an LTTE special weapon maintenance and training facility located in the Cheddikulam jungle area in northern Sri Lanka Monday afternoon.

"The target was taken effectively though the exact damage caused is yet to be known," the defence ministry said quoting sources.

While one LTTE cadre was killed in Muhamale in Jaffna Monday morning, four rebels were killed in the region on Sunday, the army said.

Separately, the army killed four tiger rebels in Pandiyankulam, Palamoddai and Periyamadu in Vavuniya on Sunday, the military said.

Intense fighting erupted the same day in north of Navuvi in Vavuniya as troop confronted with tiger rebels, the army said, adding six LTTE cadres were killed in the incident.

While one soldier also lost his life in the incident, three others sustained injuries.

In fierce clashes in north-east Welioya, troops killed at least ten tiger rebels in Kiriibbanwewa and Janakapura on Sunday, the military said.

One soldier also lost his life in the incident in Janakapura, it said, adding seven other security forces personnel suffered injuries.