COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Heavy fighting between army forces and Tamil Tiger guerrillas in northern Sri Lanka has left more than 250 people dead, military officials and aid workers said Friday.
The guerrillas turned over the bodies of 111 government soldiers to Red Cross field officers after Thursday's battle, said Harasha Gunewardene, a Red Cross spokesman.
An army spokesman, Major Kumara Dewage, could not confirm the figure, but acknowledged the fighting was heavy.
At least 150 Tamil rebels were believed killed, other military officials and Red Cross workers said in the town of Vavuniya. Between 250 and 300 people on both sides were wounded and the rebel camp 125 miles north of Colombo was destroyed, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The rebels claimed to have repulsed the military and killed 300 soldiers. The reports could not be independently confirmed because the Sri Lankan government does not allow journalists into the area.