Sri Lanka releases army causalities toll

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Colombo, May 22: Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan defence secretary said that more than 6,200 soldiers died and nearly 30,000 have been wounded since the last phase of Sri Lanka's war with the LTTE began in Jul 2006.

The military had said several months ago it had killed at least 15,000 rebels in the course of fighting but has not given a final tally.

United Nations said that Asia's longest modern conflict had killed between 80,000-100,000 people since it erupted into full-scale civil war in 1983. Unconfirmed UN tallies show that in Jan alone 7,000 civilians were killed. Humanitarin aid agencies say that around 280,000 ethnic Tamils who fled the war zone are in refugee camps.

Sri Lankan government on Tuesday, May 19 declared that LTTE is wiped out from the island nation and its entire leadership including supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran are killed.

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