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Sri Lanka toll climbs amid heavy shelling

Government troops and Tiger rebels traded artillery attacks in northern Sri Lanka Saturday as the overnight toll rose to at least six soldiers and a rebel killed, officials said. Security forces lost five soldiers and 23 were wounded in the district of Vavuniya, while another soldier was killed further north in the Jaffna peninsula, military officials said. Security forces tried to advance towards Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) positions in the Vavuniya district, but were beaten back by heavy mortar fire from the guerrillas, the Tigers said. Full Story

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