Report: 600 killed in Sri Lanka battles

Sri Lanka's government claimed Sunday to have killed more than 500 rebels in the past four months and lost 44 of its own soldiers in fierce fighting that has completely shattered the island nation's peace process.

Report: 600 killed in Sri Lanka battles
Sri Lanka's government claimed Sunday to have killed more than 500 rebels in the past four months and lost 44 of its own soldiers in fierce fighting that has completely shattered the island nation's peace process.

A military spokesman, Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe, said 541 rebels have been killed in fighting in two northern districts, Mannar and Vavuniya.

There was no way to independently verify the military's claim, and diplomats and members of a Nordic cease-fire monitoring mission that remains in place have said they believe both sides routinely inflate the number of casualties they inflict on the other.

The rebels, who almost always dispute government accounts of battles and death tolls, did not immediately comment.

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