Six killed in Sri Lanka fighting

May 20, 2007 (AFP) – Six people were killed and 10 others were wounded as government troops traded fire with Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka’s war-torn north, the defence ministry said Sunday. Security forces beat back an attempt by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to break through the frontline at Muhamalai in Jaffna district late Saturday, killing three rebels, the ministry said.

In northwest Mannar district, troops clashed with the guerrillas late Friday, killing two rebels and injuring seven, the ministry, said adding that a government soldier also died and three others were hurt.

Over 4,800 people have been killed since a Norwegian-brokered ceasefire began unravelling in December 2005.

More than 60,000 people have been killed in the island’s 35-year-old ethnic conflict.