Sri Lanka says 93 troops killed in March

April 9, 2008 (AFP) – At least 93 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed and another 686 injured during clashes with Tamil Tiger rebels last month, the prime minister told parliament Wednesday.

Premier Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, in a statement to the 225-member national legislature, said 38 civilians were killed and another 21 wounded in March.

“The number of security personnel killed last month was 93 while another 686 soldiers and police were wounded,” Wickremanayake said.

His figures were higher than the numbers released by the defence ministry in their daily situation reports released to reporters here.

Another government minister told parliament last month that 104 soldiers were killed and 800 wounded in fighting in February.

The tolls disclosed in parliament show that 197 soldiers have been killed in February and March, while 1,486 have been wounded during the same period.

However, defence ministry figures say 156 security force personnel have died in combat since the beginning of this year.

Meanwhile, security forces killed at least 10 Tamil Tiger rebels in fighting across the embattled north on Tuesday, while three government soldiers were injured in a