Sri Lanka forces 'kill 52 rebels'
Two divisions from the Sri Lankan Army have crossed into the territory controlled by Tamil rebel group the Tamil Tigers. The Sri Lankan military says they killed 52 Tigers, but both sides frequently exagerate enemy losses. The Tigers have been fighting for decades for independence for the Tamil minority in the island nation.
At least 52 Tamil Tiger rebels and 15 soldiers have been killed in clashes in the Jaffna peninsula in northern Sri Lanka, the country's military says.
More than 70 soldiers were wounded in the heavy fighting, which broke out along the front line in the Muhamalai area, it added.
There has been no independent confirmation of the casualty figures.
Fighting in Sri Lanka has intensified since January, when the government pulled out of a formal ceasefire deal.
The government said the rebels had used the truce signed in 2002 to rearm and regroup. It has said it aims to crush them by the end of this year.
At least 70,000 people have died since the civil war began in 1983.