Sri Lankan Military: At Least 9 Tamil Tigers Killed During Recent FightingBy VOA News
03 August 2008

The Sri Lankan military says it has killed at least nine Tamil Tiger rebels during operations in the country's northern region.

At least six others were also wounded.

The military says in a statement issued Sunday the fighting took place Saturday in the Northern and Wanni battlefields.

In separate clashes, the military says a soldier and a rebel were killed during fighting in Mannar province.

The military reports rebel casualties almost daily, and both sides are known to exaggerate the number of people killed.

It is difficult to independently confirm versions of events and casualty figures because journalists and monitors are not permitted to enter the areas of conflict.

The latest fighting comes despite a ceasefire declared by rebels out of respect for a summit of South Asian leaders taking place in the capital, Colombo.

The rebels have been fighting for an independent homeland for ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka's north and east since 1983.

They complain of discrimination by the ethnic Sinhalese majority.

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