Sri Lanka says 17 Tamil Tigers killed in coastal raid

Nov 23, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lankan forces killed at least 17 Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday repulsing a guerrilla attack on a police post in the northwest, the defence ministry said. . The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) despatched seven boats to attack the Pesalai police post on the coast of Mannar district, the ministry said in a statement.

Police and troops beat back the rebels killing 17, without suffering any loses, the ministry said.

There was no immediate word from the LTTE which is fighting for an independent homeland for the island’s ethnic Tamil minority.

Casualty tolls reported by both sides in the war can rarely be verified.

The government does not allow journalists free access to conflict areas.