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At least 23 dead in northwest battle: Sri Lanka

Written by: Staff

Colombo, Mar 23: At least 20 Tamil Tiger rebels and three soldiers were killed in a battle in northwestern Sri Lanka today, the military said, as analysts sounded a warning that renewed civil war is spreading.

''The LTTE is attacking with mortars ... without considering the safety of the civilians in the area. Three soldiers were killed and 4 injured,'' military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said.

''We have retaliated to neutralise them and we have observed more than 20 Tiger dead bodies.''


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