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52 Tigers killed in clashes

Colombo, Dec. 25 (PTI): At least 52 Tiger militants have been killed in gunbattles between security forces and the rebels in northern Sri Lanka.

According to the army, it captured a portion of the rebel-held Thampane area.

Elsewhere two civilians were killed in attacks by suspected Tiger rebels, the army said .

“We on Monday night moved in about 1 km inside Thampane and one of the camps which was taken control of could accommodate 300 LTTE militants,” a ministry spokesman said.

In two other areas of Thampane, the troops moved in about 300 metres and 500 metres respectively, the spokesman said. He said this was the fourth major success for the army during the last few days.

Last week, the army said it had captured a key Tiger post named “Vietnam Base', hours after taking control of two defence lines in the region.

Delayed reports today said during the capture of Uyilanakulam LTTE Entry-Exit point on Saturday, at least 22 militants were killed, the army said.

“This information has been confirmed through intercepted LTTE communication,”it said.

Five rebels were killed today when troops confronted a group of Tiger militants in Vilatikulam in northern Vavuniya.

In Kallikulam, troops confronted a group of Tigers and killed three rebels, the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said.

Two soldiers sustained injuries in an anti-personal mine explosion in Periyathampanai in Vavuniya district this evening, it said.

Two civilians were shot dead by unidentified gunmen near the sluice gate at Ragendrakulamtam tank in Vavuniya yesterday.

An LTTE local leader was killed in Vinayagapuram in eastern Ampara yesterday, the MCNS said.

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