Sri Lanka Police Kill 5 Leftists in Jungle Clash


Police killed five members of an outlawed leftist group in a clash in the southern jungles, Sri Lankan military officials said Monday.

About 150 police officers and members of an elite counterinsurgency unit Sunday surrounded a patch of jungle after receiving a tip that members of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (People's Liberation Front) were hiding out there.

The front, a banned political group mostly made up of youths from the majority Sinhalese community, is opposed to an Indian-Sri Lankan pact aimed at ending the four-year-old Tamil rebellion.

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