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Heavy fighting in north Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka armyThere has been further heavy fighting in the north-east of Sri Lanka, the military and sources close to Tamil Tiger rebels say.

The army says that in the latest clashes it has killed a senior rebel leader, Sabaratnam Selvathurai.

The pro-rebel TamilNet website says more than 50 soldiers were killed in the clashes and army artillery seized.

There is no way of confirming either side’s claims. Independent journalists are not allowed in the war zone.

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Correspondents say that Sabaratnam Selvathurai is one of the oldest confidantes of the rebel leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran. His death, if confirmed, would be a major blow to their morale.

The military says that Mr Selvathurai – also known as Thamilenthi – was killed in fighting around the rebel-held town of Puthukkudiyiruppu.

He would be the second senior leader to be killed in government attacks. In 2007, the head of the rebels’ political wing, SP Tamilselvan, was killed in an air strike.

Rebel officials have not commented on reports of Mr Selvathurai’s death.

Source: BBC News

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