12 killed in Sri Lanka clashes
At least six rebels and an equal number of security personnel are killed in fierce clashes in the embattled northern Sri Lanka.Updated: May 01, 2008 19:48 IST
At least six rebels and an equal number of security personnel were killed in fierce clashes in the embattled northern Sri Lanka, officials said on Thursday.
Two LTTE cadres were gunned down and 14 others injured when troops launched an attack to capture rebel bunkers in North Janakapura area Wednesday, the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said.
Two soldiers were also killed in the gunbattle, it said.
A Tiger militant was killed at Vallipale area in Vavuniy yesterday while two soldiers also lost their lives when their tractor was hit by a mine in Panichchankulam in the region, officials said.
Separately, two police officers of the Special Special Task Force (STF) at Kebithigollewa in North-central Sri Lanka were killed in a claymore mine explosion this morning, the Defence Ministry said.
Two LTTE cadres were also killed in the incident, it said.
At least one tiger militant was killed in a clash with security forces in Muhamale in Jaffna peninsula Wednesday, it said.
Meanwhile, troops arrested an armed UN employee, Thiagaraja Prabhakaran of Batticaloa in south of Vavuniya yesterday, the army said on Thursday.
The suspect was carrying a micro pistol and has been taken into custody, it said adding he had been on his way to Batticaloa from Kilinochchi when troops detained him.