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Sunday, 4 August, 2002, 15:56 GMT 16:56 UK
Tamil Tigers capture soldier
Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have captured a soldier and two civilians in the rebel-held Mullaitivu area of Northern Province.

A spokesman for the monitoring mission SLMM, which is overseeing a ceasefire on the island, said the rebels had told them that the soldier (Lance Corporal EUSP Saman) would be released soon.

The soldier was captured along with two companions as he was attempting to get a place in the Guinness Book of World Records by running, swimming and walking around Sri Lanka.

The Tamil rebels (LTTE) and the government are observing a Norwegian-backed ceasefire as a first step to ending the conflict that has claimed more than 60,000 lives.

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