Sri Lanka says kills 7 rebels in northern clashes

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COLOMBO, Oct 31 (Reuters) Sri Lankan troops killed seven Tamil Tiger rebels in the latest fighting in the island's north, the military said today.

The clashes in the Jaffna peninsula and Vavuniya yesterday came just days after the rebels had mounted their biggest suicide operation backed by air strikes.

Four rebel bunkers were also destroyed in Jaffna, military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said.

The Tigers were not immediately available for comment.

An estimated 5,000 people have been killed since early last year amid near-daily land and sea clashes, ambushes and air strikes. The death toll since the conflict erupted in 1983 stands at about 70,000.


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