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JUNE 9, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 65


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Sri Lanka military: Fighting in northern region kills 31 Tamil rebels, 11 soldiers
Associated Press, Mon June 9, 2008 10:39 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Battles between government forces and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels across Sri Lanka - 's war-ravaged northern region killed 31 rebels and 11 soldiers, the military said Monday. Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not immediately be reached for comment. The pro-rebel TamilNet Web site said rebels ``thwarted three repeated attempts by the Sri Lanka - Army'' to break into the rebel-controlled territory in Vavuniya throughout Sunday.

The site did not give details of casualties.

Meanwhile, air force helicopters bombed a series of rebel bunkers in northern Mannar district Monday, a military statement said without giving details of casualties or damages.

It was not possible to obtain independent confirmation of the reported fighting. Both sides often release contradictory versions of attacks that take place in the embattled north, where access is restricted.

Fighting has escalated in recent months. The government has pledged to capture the rebel territory and crush the insurgents by the end of the year. Diplomats and other observers say the army has faced more resistance than expected.

The Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent state for the island's ethnic minority Tamils who have suffered marginalization by successive governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict. Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 9 14:03:23 EDT 2008

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