Civilians ‘killed’ in Sri Lanka


Medical staff in Sri Lanka say at least 18 civilians have been killed as the military continues its offensive on the northern bases of Tamil Tiger rebels. Hospital officials said the number killed in fighting around Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu could be much higher. The military said Mullaitivu – the last major rebel stronghold – was now surrounded, but it denied rebel claims that civilians came under attack. A military spokesman told the BBC that the allegation was propaganda.

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