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18 Tamil Tigers killed in fighting: Sri Lankan government

[AFP, Thursday, 25 December 2008 11:03 No Comment]

2621804652 Sri Lanka’s military beat back a Tamil Tiger counter-offensive in the island’s north, killing at least 18 guerrillas, the defence ministry said on Thursday.


The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) mounted the offensive outside their besieged political capital of Kilinochchi on Wednesday, the ministry said.


"Well prepared troops engaged the advancing terrorists with armour, tanks, artillery and infantry causing heavy damage," the ministry said in a statement.


It said 18 rebels were killed and another 34 wounded, but did not give details of casualties on the government side.


The pro-rebel Tamilnet.com website said there was heavy fighting in the area, but give no further details.

The Tigers on Monday said that they killed more than 100 soldiers and had taken back territory lost to advancing government forces.

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