COLOMBO, July 16, Reuter: Tamil separatist guerrillas killed six Indian soldiers in clashes in Sri Lanka’s north and east on Saturday, military officials said.

They said four soldiers were killed by a landmine detonated by rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the eastern Pottsville region.

Two more soldiers were killed when rebels fired at a military unit patrolling a railway in the northern Vavuniya district, the officials said.

More than 50,000 Indian troops have been deployed in the north and east under an Indian Sri Lankan accord aimed at hunting down and disarming the Tamil rebels,

Police said an unidentified gang raided a police post at Medulsima in Sri Lanka’s central hills early on Saturday and took three rifles after stabbing two policemen.

They were unable to say whether the gunmen were Tamil separatist or Marxists, who have been blamed for violence in areas populated by the majority Sinhalese.

Article extracted from this publication >> July 22, 1988