More clashes with Tigers in Sri Lanka

Dec. 12, 2007 at 8:00 PM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Violence between the Tamil Tigers and Sri Lankan soldiers took the lives of 49 members of the separatist group Wednesday, the government said.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, popularly known as the Tamil Tigers, claimed that 20 soldiers were killed and scores more wounded, the Press Trust of India reported. The government has been on an offensive in the north against the group.

In India, a senior army official said there was no "specific threat" from the LTTE, although there are reports that the group has become more active in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

"While the Navy and Coast Guard are doing round the clock patrolling, we have also strengthened the off-coast patrolling," said Lt. Gen. Noble Thamburaj, now head of the Southern Command.

He said that officials are monitoring the influx of Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka to keep the LTTE out of India.

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