Fresh violence kills 26 in Sri Lanka

Sept 15, 2007 (AFP) – At least 26 people, including two security personnel, were killed in a fresh wave of violence in Sri Lanka’s embattled north, the defence ministry said on Saturday. More than 5,400 people have been killed in fighting in the past 21 months following the breakdown of a Norwegian-brokered truce.

The two soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb set off by suspected Tamil Tiger in the Jaffna peninsula on Friday night, the ministry said, adding seven troopers were also wounded.

In the same region, security forces shot dead 10 members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) when they tried to break through army defence lines on Friday, the ministry said.

Another 14 Tiger rebels were killed Friday in two confrontations in the district of Vavuniya, near the de facto mini-state run by the guerrillas, the ministry said.