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At least 26 Tamil Tiger guerrillas and three government soldiers have been killed in clashes across Sri Lanka’s northern regions, the defence ministry said Friday.

Confrontations in the districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya and Mullaitivu since Thursday killed 26 rebels, the ministry said, adding that 47 guerrillas were also believed to have been wounded.

The military’s own losses were placed at three dead and 17 wounded.

The latest clashes have raised to 4,335 the number of rebels reported killed by security forces since January, while 399 security personnel have died in combat in the same period, according to the defence ministry.

The figures cannot be independently verified due to restrictions on reporting.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting for a separate homeland for the Tamil minority since 1972. Tens of thousands of people have died in the conflict.

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At least six Tamil Tiger rebels and five security force personnel were killed in sporadic clashes across Sri Lanka’s northern and eastern regions, the defence ministry said Thursday.

Five rebels and three soldiers were killed in Wednesday’s fighting centred around the northern regions of Jaffna, Weli Oya and Mannar, the ministry said.

Soldiers on Thursday shot dead a rebel intelligence leader in the north during a routine search, the ministry said. It also accused the rebels of gunning down two policemen in the eastern town of Ampara on Thursday.

There was no immediate comment from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Two days of clashes have raised to 4,309 the number of rebels killed by security forces since January, while 396 security personnel have died in combat in the same period, according to the defence ministry.

The figures cannot be independently verified due to restrictions on reporting.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting for a separate homeland for the Tamil minority since 1972. Tens of thousands of people have died in the conflict.

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Two civilians traveling in a motorbike in the Iluppakkadavai region in the Mannar district were injured by a claymore attack of the Deep Penetration Unit of the Sri Lanka military. The attack took place around 2.00pm yesterday, Thursday, 19 June.

One of the injured, Periyasamy Raja aged 36 of Visuvamadhu, has been admitted to the Mulankavil hospital.

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