Six rebels killed in Sri Lanka: army

Sept 30, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s military has killed six suspected Tamil Tiger rebels along front lines in the northwest of the island, the defence ministry said Sunday. The military suffered no casualties in the confrontation, which took place in the Kallikulam area in Mannar late Saturday, the statement added.

No independent confirmation was available, and there was no immediate comment from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The group has been fighting for an independent homeland for minority Tamils from the majority Sinhalese community since 1972. More than 5,400 people have been killed in the fighting in the past 21 months following the breakdown of a Norwegian-brokered truce.