Fresh Sri Lanka violence kills 15

Sept 8, 2007 (AFP) – At least 15 people were killed in fresh violence in Sri Lanka’s embattled northern and eastern regions, military officials said Saturday. Three soldiers and five Tamil Tiger rebels were killed in a gun battle in the northern Vavuniya region late Friday, the officials said.

They said two more rebels were killed in a similar exchange further north in the Jaffna peninsula on the same day. Three civilians were killed in a mine blast in the eastern town of Eravur on Friday while two more civilians were gunned down by unidentified attackers in the northeast, officials said.