Fresh Sri Lanka violence kills 15

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (L) and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe gesture as Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake (unseen) presents a supplementary budget to parliament, marking the first economic policy statement of the new government which came to power earlier in the month in Colombo on January 29, 2015. Sri Lanka's new government announced hefty taxes on top companies in a bid to raise revenue, accusing the previous regime of fudging the figures and leaving the economy in a "sad state". AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sept 8, 2007 (AFP) – At least 15 people were killed in fresh violence in Sri Lanka’s embattled northern and eastern regions, military officials said Saturday. Three soldiers and five Tamil Tiger rebels were killed in a gun battle in the northern Vavuniya region late Friday, the officials said.

They said two more rebels were killed in a similar exchange further north in the Jaffna peninsula on the same day. Three civilians were killed in a mine blast in the eastern town of Eravur on Friday while two more civilians were gunned down by unidentified attackers in the northeast, officials said.