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SRI LANKA REBELS KILL 19 IN AMBUSH

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Tamil rebels killed 19 soldiers and airmen in an ambush in eastern Sri Lanka Friday, military sources said.

They said 13 airmen and six soldiers died after their joint patrol was blasted by two mines tied to roadside trees at Morawewa in Trincomalee district.About 100 guerrillas then opened fire on the patrol, which fired back and killed six rebels during a 45-minute battle, the sources said. Air force planes joined in the attack.