Fighting rages in Sri Lanka

Military says 28 rebel fighters and 11 soldiers have died in fresh battles.

    The Tamil Tigers are in control of territory
    in the north of Sri Lanka [Getty]
    Nanayakkara claimed that the troops had captured five positions close to a major LTTE base in the north.
    Escalating violence

    The clashes were in the Mannar, Vavuniya, Weli Oya and Jaffna regions.


    The LTTE did not immediately comment on the events.



    Timeline: The Sri Lankan conflict

    Independent confirmation of the deaths could not be gained as access to the regions is heavily restricted.


    Fighting has escalated since the start of the year when the government withdrew from a Norwegian-brokered truce with the LTTE.


    The government is aiming to eliminate LTTE control of northern territory on the island.


    The LTTE has been fighting for a separate homeland for ethnic Tamils since 1983. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the civil war.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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