Sri Lanka disputes rebel claim of killing 89 troops
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday said they had killed 89 troops in two battles around their headquarters town but the military said 20 soldiers and 27 insurgents died in the clashes.
The battles occurred on Wednesday to the south and southwest of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) self-proclaimed capital, Kilinochchi, the pro-rebel web site www.TamilNet.com said, quoting LTTE officials.
A further 180 troops were wounded, it said. The web site displayed 14 photographs, credited to the LTTE, which it said were from the battle and its aftermath.
They show a long earthen trench line with the bodies of what TamilNet said were soldiers and also of what it says are rebels engaged in heavy fighting.
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Published: Thu Dec 11 10:44:14 EST 2008