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35 killed in Lanka clashes: Army

At least 34 LTTE cadres and a soldier are killed in fierce clashes between the security forces and tiger rebels in the embattled Northern Sri Lanka.

world Updated: May 26, 2008 17:58 IST

At least 34 LTTE cadres and a soldier were killed in fierce clashes between the security forces and tiger rebels in the embattled Northern Sri Lanka, officials said in Colombo on monday.

"Air-Force this morning launched an attack using MI-24 fighter helicopters on a LTTE target in the Andankulam front of the Mannar Forward Defence Line," a defence ministry statement said.

"These air-strikes were carried out for the support of the ground troops," it said, adding Air-Force pilots confirm that the air-strikes were a success.

In ground clashes, troops killed a LTTE cadre in Muhamalai in Jaffna peninsula on Sunday, the defence ministry said adding an army soldier was also injured in the incident.

At least five LTTE cadres were killed and one injured in Palampiddi in Vavuniya on Sunday, the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said adding three tiger rebels were also gunned down in Periyamadu in the region.

"As many as three tiger militants were killed in separate incidents Palampiddi and Arsamadu in Vavuniya on Sunday," officials said.

At least two Tamil tigers were killed and one was injured in a confrontation in Marandamadu in Vavuniya on Sunday, the MCNS said.

As many as three tiger rebels were gunned down in separate confrontations in Nadunkandal in Mannar on Sunday, the military said adding another militant was killed in Marittikanadi in Mannar on Sunday.