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Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020

Five dead as soldiers, Tiger rebels clash in Lanka

The Tamil Tigers had exploded three Claymore mines early morning in different locations in the north targeting Sri Lankan soldiers.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2007 14:52 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

At least five persons were killed on Saturday in clashes between the military and Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka's troubled north and east, defence officials said.

They said the rebels had exploded three Claymore mines early morning in different locations in the north targeting soldiers and had used artillery and mortar to shell troop positions in the east.

In Settikulam in the northern Vavuniya district, a roadside mine exploded killing three soldiers and a civilian travelling in a truck.

Another soldier was killed in a blast in Uduvil in the Jaffna peninsula while in Nallur, also in the same district while two civilians were hurt in an explosion that missed hitting a road patrol.

Military spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe said that rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had fired artillery and mortars at Mahindapura, Kallar, Somapura, and Maavil Aru in the east and the army retaliated.

Meanwhile, the government will compensate victims of an air force bombing raid in the north western district of Mannar.

The families of those who died in the attack will be given 100,000 rupees and those who were wounded will get 50,000 rupees, officials said.

The LTTE claimed last week that at least 20 civilians including children died in Tuesday's air force raid on a small fishing hamlet in Mannar and some 30 people were injured.

The military denied that it had targeted civilians and said it had pounded a suspected rebel naval base.

Defence officials also said the death toll in yesterday's bus explosion at Nittambuwa, near Colombo had risen to 6 with 70 people injured.