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27 Killed in Sri Lanka Clashes

November 11, 1987|Reuters

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A wave of student protests and guerrilla violence rocked Sri Lanka today, and police reported at least 27 people killed in renewed clashes. The new bloodshed took the death toll so far this week to 95.

Police used tear gas and batons to disperse 2,000 students chanting anti-government slogans in the central highland town of Kandy where a bomb exploded, damaging a telecommunications tower in the morning. On the eastern coast, Tamil guerrillas gunned down six Sinhalese fishermen in Kalkudah on the eastern coast. Police said they shot three of the guerrillas to death.

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