Sri Lanka heavy fighting kills scores

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives with flowers to receive blessings at the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday 4 April 2018. On wednesday (4), Wickremesinghe survived a no-confidence motion in the Sri Lankan parliament with a 46 vote majority after a 12-hour debate with 122 MPs voted in his support while 76 MPs voting to remove the prime minister. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

November 24, 2008 (AFP) – At least 27 soldiers and 120 Tamil Tiger rebels were killed as government forces battled their way to the outskirts of the rebels’ political headquarters, the defence ministry said on Monday.

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Heavy fighting raged along three fronts as troops closed in on the town of Kilinochchi, the ministry said.

But it added that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were putting up stiff resistance.

“Twenty-seven soldiers have made their ultimate sacrifice for the motherland while 70 others suffered injuries during the battle. A few other soldiers have not been able to join with their units so far,” a ministry statement said.

It said intercepted radio transmissions of the Tigers indicated that they had also suffered heavy casualties.

“Over 120 LTTE cadres have been killed and 80 others injured in the Kilinochchi area since Sunday morning,” the ministry said.

The ministry statement came as the Tigers announced through the pro-rebel Tamilnet.com website that 43 government troops had been killed and 70 more were wounded in a confrontation northwes