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Troops kill 4 Tamil rebels in Lanka

world Updated: Apr 21, 2007 11:56 IST

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At least four Tamil Tiger rebels were killed in a clash with government troops in northern Sri Lanka, the military said on Saturday.

The clash erupted when insurgents fired at soldiers manning the northern defence line in Vavuniya district on Friday, said military spokesman Brig Prasad Samarasinghe.

"Troops confirm that four Tamil Tigers were killed in the retaliatory fire," he said, adding that no soldiers were killed. There was no immediate comment from the rebels.