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Sri Lanka army ‘repulses Tigers

[BBC, Thursday, 26 March 2009 12:59 No Comment]

_45595952_006989458-1 The Sri Lankan military says it has repulsed an attack by Tamil Tiger rebels in the north and killed at least a dozen rebels.

Troops engaged rebels in small arm fire, forcing them to flee, the defence ministry said in a statement.

It said the fighting took place north of Iranapalai in Mullaitivu district on Wednesday.

 

Intense fighting has been going on between the troops and the rebels in the north-east for several weeks now.

 

The army has driven the Tigers from most of the territory they held.

 

They are now restricted to a small area of jungle and coast in Mullaitivu district.

 

The defence ministry said the rebels’ counter-attack was repelled by armour and small arms fire.

 

"Over a dozen bodies of Tigers were observed lying at the battlefront," it said.

 

There has been no word from the rebels so far.

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