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75 LTTE rebels, 3 govt. troopers killed in embattled Northern Sri Lanka

NEW DELHI, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- At least 75 rebels of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and three soldiers have been killed in fresh clashes in Sri Lanka's Northern region. In ground clashes, 11 LTTE rebels were killed in Koilmadu, two each in Sulanmarathumadu and Navathkulamand, and three others in Periyapandivirchchan area of Vavuniya yesterday, news agency Press Trust of India reported Sunday. As many as eight LTTE cadres were killed in Kallikulam and four in Perankulam area of Mannar yesterday, a Sri Lankan Defence Ministry statement said. Seven more LTTE rebels were killed in Palamodai area of Mannar in fierce clashes yesterday, the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said, adding four cadres were gunned down by troops at Perakamam. In clashes in Jaffna, at least six LTTE rebels were killed yesterday, MCNS said. Seven LTTE rebels and a soldier were killed in Mullikulam yesterday, the Defence Ministry said. In the Mannar front, two LTTE cadres were killed. In Adampan area of Mannar, five LTTE rebels were killed yesterday, the MCNS said.
A soldier was killed in Perankamam area of Mannar yesterday. In the northeastern Welioya front, five rebels and a soldier were killed yesterday. In Andankulam area of Mannar, 11 rebels were killed, the Defence Ministry said. (end) dr.bz.
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