March 11, 2008 (AFP) – At least another 28 Tamil Tiger rebels have been killed by security forces in fresh fighting across Sri Lanka’s embattled north, the defence ministry said Wednesday. More than 60,000 people have been killed in the separatist conflict which erupted in 1972. The overnight clashes were in the districts of Jaffna, Vavuniya and Mannar, the ministry said adding that four soldiers were wounded in the fighting.
So far this year, the defence ministry has reported that security forces have killed at least 2,015 rebels, against the loss of 123 government soldiers.
The government numbers cannot be independently verified as Colombo bars journalists and rights groups from frontline areas.
Colombo pulled out of a Norwegian-arranged truce with the Tigers in January and fighting has escalated since then.