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21 LTTE rebels, two troopers killed in Sri Lanka clashes

NEW DELHI, June 19 (KUNA) -- At least 21 rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and two Sri Lankan soldiers have been killed in fresh clashes in Northern Sri Lanka. While one LTTE rebel was killed in Eastern Trincomalee, two others were killed in North-western Mannar yesterday, Sri Lankas Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said Thursday at Colombo. At least five LTTE cadres were killed in Chirandikulam area in Vavuniya yesterday, the MCNS said, adding one rebel was killed in Kovilpuliyakulam. Two LTTE cadres and one soldier were killed in Janakapura in North-eastern Welioya yesterday. One LTTE cadre was also gunned down in Kiribbanwewa in Welioya yesterday. As many as seven LTTE cadres were killed in the Welioya region in different clashes yesterday. Another trooper was killed in Periyamadu in Vavuniya yesterday, Sri Lankan Defence Ministry said today in a statement at Colombo. Two LTTE cadres were killed in Parappakadaththan in North-western Mannar yesterday, the Defence Ministry said. (end) dr.ajs KUNA 192237 Jun 08NNNN