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Last updated: 04 December, 2007 - Published 18:41 GMT
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Soldier and Tigers injured in Yala
SLA Commander, Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka
Gen. Fonseka earlier accused a 'Sinhala group' of attacks in the South
Military authorities in Sri Lanka say four Tamil Tigers and a soldier were injured in a clash in Yala animal sanctuary on Tuesday.

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told BBC Sandeshaya that the soldiers return to their camp with the injured soldier after the first clash.

There have been escalating attacks in the south in and around the sanctuary in recent weeks.

'Sinhala groups'

Sri Lanka Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka, has earlier accused a 'Sinhala group' of attacking civilians and the armed forces in the South.

At least five civilians were hacked to death in Ridheethenna, last month. The government and the military accused other 'Sinhala groups'.

However, Brigadier Nanayakkara says the Commander Fonseka meant Sinhala political groups who support the Tamil Tigers.

Meanwhile, 13 Tamil Tigers were killed and two more sustained injuries in two separate clashes in Jaffna on Tuesday, he added.

Two Sri Lanka Army soldiers were killed and three more injured at the clashes in Nagarkovil and Kilaly, according to the spokesman.

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