05 July, 2009 - Published 12:35 GMT

Tiger rebel kills Lankan soldier

The Sri Lankan military says one of its soldiers has been shot dead by a Tamil Tiger rebel.

According to the army, this was the first casualty that it's suffered since May, when it captured the last rebel stronghold and declared victory.

The soldier was was reported to have been about to search a boat in Batticaloa, in eastern Sri Lanka, when a man on board grabbed his gun and shot him.

The army said the attacker was captured by other soldiers, and later identified as Nallaratnam Mohan, a regional rebel leader.

The security forces say they've killed more than a dozen guerrillas in recent weeks as they continue operations against the remnants of the Tigers.