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* Over 6000 troops killed in the last phase of the war in Sri Lanka
Fri, May 22, 2009, 08:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 22, Colombo: More than 6000 Sri Lankan security forces personnel were killed and nearly 30,000 personnel were wounded during the last three years due to the fighting against the Tamil Tigers, Sri Lanka said.

In an interview with the state-owned television, Sri Lanka Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said 6,261 security personnel, policemen and paramilitary guards were killed and 29,551 were wounnded in the offensive which commenced in August 2006 and concluded last Sunday (17).

Defence Secretary also said that since 1981 a total of 23,790 security personnel, policemen and women and paramilitary guards have been killed in the war.

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