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UPDATED: 13:40, May 22, 2006
Senior Sri Lankan rebel leader killed
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A senior military leader of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was shot dead late Sunday in Sri Lanka's east, media reports said.

The local Tamilnet website reported late Sunday that Ramanan, the deputy leader of the LTTE military wing in the eastern Batticaloa district, was shot dead at about 5:30 p.m. (1200 GMT) on Sunday by an Army sniper in Batticaloa, about 300 km east of Colombo.

The website reported that Ramanan was killed while he was inspecting the positions of the LTTE in Vavunathivu, five km southwest of Batticaloa.

However, Prasad Samarasinghe, the defense ministry spokesman, said here Monday that the Army was not involved in the incident.

"I can not comment on that. We categorically deny the involvement of the Army," said Samarasinghe.

Over 250 people have been killed in Sri Lanka since the beginning of April in a cycle of violence which has endangered the Norwegian backed ceasefire.

The Tiger rebels have been blamed for the late April assassination attempt on Army Chief Sarath Fonseka and for an attack on a vessel ferrying troops from the east to the north on May 11.

More than 64,000 people had been killed in Sri Lanka's drawn out ethnic separatist armed conflict between the mid 1980s and 2002 when the Norwegians brokered a ceasefire.

Source: Xinhua

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