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Rival Tiger factions clash in Lanka; 1 dead

The reported killing came ahead of February 22-23 talks in Geneva between the government and the main Tamil Tiger group.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 12:29 IST

Rival factions of the Tamil Tiger rebels clashed in eastern Sri Lanka, killing one combatant and wounding two others, police said on Thursday.

The fighting took place in areas under the control of the mainstream rebel group in Batticaloa district, said a police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A senior military officer in the capital Colombo confirmed that troops in the area reported hearing gunfire late Wednesday, but could not confirm the casualties.

The reported killing came ahead of February 22-23 talks in Geneva between the government and the main Tamil Tiger group.

The Tigers accuse the government of backing a breakaway faction and want the government to disarm that group before proceeding further with the peace talks. The government denies backing the splinter group.

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 12:29 IST