COLOMBO, July 4, Reuter: Tamil rebels killed three Indian soldiers and two civilians, including a child, in an ambush in northeast Sri Lanka, officials said on Monday.

A spokesman for the Indian High Commission (Embassy) said two soldiers were also injured in the attack on Sunday at Nedunkerni village in Mullaitivu district.

“The two civilians were killed in indiscriminate firing by the militants,” she said.

In another clash on Sunday Two Indian soldiers and two rebels were killed at Dharnapura in Northern Vavuniya district.

A soldier and a rebel died in another clash on Sunday in Eastern Batticaloa district, the spokesman said.

In northwest Manner district, two rebels were killed by a rival group on Monday, residents said,

About 52,000 Indian troops are in Sri Lanka to enforce a peace pact aimed at ending a Tamil separatist rebellion.

In southern Sri Lanka, two policemen and three supporters of the ruling United National Party were killed by gunmen in separate attacks police blamed on the Marxist People’s Liberation Front.

The Front, a hardline Sinhalese group opposed! To the Indian Sri Lanka accord, has killed several supporters of the pact.

In the South, a Sinhalese Marxist group opposed to the accord shot dead the manager of a tea plantation in Hambantota district.

Article extracted from this publication >> July 8, 1988