46 rebels, 4 soldiers killed in Sri Lanka

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{image-Sri Lanka_27022008.jpg news.oneindia.in}Colombo, Feb 27: At least 46 Tamil Tiger rebels and four government soldiers were killed in Monday's sporadic clashes in the northern Jaffna and Vavuniya districts, Sri Lankan Defence Ministry said today.

''Forty-six LTTE terrorists were killed and another 5 sustained injuries in these clashes. Further, 4 army soldiers were killed while 13 others received injuries during these clashes that erupted right throughout Monday,'' the Defence Ministry here said. It said that the government troops continued to engage in ''offensive operation'' against the LTTE inflicting heavy damages to the rebels on several fronts.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan Army yesterday handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 14 bodies of the Tamil Tiger rebels killed during fierce clashes with the government troops in the north-eastern Weli-Oya areas during weekend.

Director of the Anuradhapura base hospital Dr. Sarath Weerabandara said that of the 14 LTTE bodies handed over to the ICRC, six were brought to the hospital on Friday evening and the remaining eight were brought on Saturday night.

''These bodies were handed over the ICRC after the post-mortem,'' Dr. Weerabandara said. He said seven more LTTE bodies have been brought to the Anuradhapura hospital on Monday and they too were to be handed over the rebels through the ICRC after post-mortem in a day or two. There was no immediate reaction from the rebels in this regard.


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