Sri Lanka's military says government forces killed at least 19 Tamil
Tiger rebels and wounded more than 27 during fighting Saturday in the
Defense officials said Sunday the fighting broke out in the Vavuniya, Mannar, Jaffna and Welioya areas.
They said at least two soldiers were injured in the clashes.
was no immediate comment from the Tamil Tiger rebels, and the
government figures could not be verified independently because of
restrictions on journalists in the area.
In other news Sunday, a
pro-rebel website (TamilNet) has released pictures of Tamil Tiger
leader Velupillai Prabhakaran commemorating the 21st anniversary of the
first suicide attack by his group.
The website says more than
350 Tamil suicide bombers, known as Black Tigers, have killed
themselves in attacks against the Sri Lankan military since 1987.
rebels are fighting for an independent homeland in Sri Lanka's north
and east. More than 70,000 people died in the violence that began in
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.