Fresh violence in Sri Lanka kills 18

Fresh violence in Sri Lanka kills 18
Colombo, Sep 30 (PTI) Sri Lankan police commandos killed at least 15 Tamil Tiger rebels today in the island's east while the guerrillas blew up three constables elsewhere in the embattled region.

Police Special Task Force (STF) commandos repulsed an attack against their Pullumalai base this morning and inflicted heavy losses on the guerrillas, an STF official said.

Bodies of 11 Tigers, along with 11 AK-47 assault rifles were recovered, he said adding that intercepts of rebel radio communication indicated they carried with them the bodies of four dead Tigers and two wounded.

Two STF commandos were wounded when mortar bomb shrapnel hit them, the official said.

In the northern district of Vavuniya, three constables were killed when their patrol was hit by a Claymore mine, police said.

The bloodshed continues amid renewed efforts by peace broker Norway to arrange peace talks early next month in Oslo between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers.

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