Sri Lanka claims killing 13 Tamil Tigers

COLOMBO, Sept 26, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lankan troops shot dead 13 suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in clashes across northern defensive lines, the defence ministry said Wednesday. Ten members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) died Tuesday trying to inflitrate army defences in Vavuniya district, the ministry said in a statement.

Four government troops were also injured in the attack, it said.

The military said three more rebels were killed during a separate attack in Vavuniya on Tuesday which also left five soldiers injured.

There was no immediate comment from the LTTE which launched a separatist campaign in 1972.

The warring parties had already reported 43 deaths since the weekend and dozens more injured in repeated clashes before Wednesday’s figures.

However casualty tolls in Sri Lanka can seldom be verified independently.

Over 60,000 people have since died in the ethnic conflict.