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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 May 2007, 08:26 GMT 09:26 UK
Sri Lanka troops 'kill 13 rebels'
Sri Lankan troops have killed 13 Tamil Tiger rebels in a series of clashes in the north of the island in the past 48 hours, the military says.

A military spokesman said 10 rebels had been killed in fighting in the past two days around Mannar in the north-west.

Three others died in clashes in the north-east, he said. There has been no comment from the rebels yet.

Both rebels and troops are, officially, still observing a 2002 ceasefire but it has become meaningless in practice.

About 4,000 people have been killed in violence in Sri Lanka since late 2005.

Radio 'intercepted'

Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe was quoted by news agency Reuters as saying: "There have been several small incidents but no major operation as such."

Sri Lankan troops
Troops sustained no casualties, the military says

A military statement said troops "had observed that a total of 10 Tiger cadres had been killed" in the clashes near Mannar.

The military claimed to have learnt of the deaths of the three rebels in the Welioya area in the north-east after apparently intercepting a rebel radio transmission.

The statement said troops had sustained no casualties in clashes in either area.

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