13 rebels killed in northern Sri Lanka

UPDATED: 09:25, June 25, 2007

At least 13 Tamil Tigers rebels were killed by government troops in Sri Lanka's northern Vavuniya district, the military said on Sunday.

The Media Center for National Security said in a statement that the troops attacked a group of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) rebels" who were preparing to launch an attack around West of Omanthai, Murunthankulam on Saturday."

The monitored LTTE communications revealed that 13 terrorists were killed in the incident, said the statement, adding that the remained LTTE members fled, carrying with them the injured and some of their dead.

No casualties have been reported about the troops, the statement said.

About 5,000 troops, rebels and civilians have been killed since December 2005 as clashes between government troops and LTTE rebels become an almost daily occurrence in the island's north and east.

Claiming discrimination at the hands of the majority ethnic Sinhalese-dominated government, the LTTE has been fighting for an independent homeland for Sri Lanka's 12.5 percent Tamil minority since the 1970s.

Source: Xinhua

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