At least 32 Tamil Tigers were killed in heavy fighting in Sri Lanka's embattled northeast, where government troops have cornered the rebels, the defence ministry said Saturday. "The LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) end game is reaching its final phase," the ministry said in a statement, adding that dozens of rebels were also wounded in Friday's clashes around the coastal Mullaittivu area. It accused the Tigers of killing three civilians and seriously injuring another as a group of people tried to flee rebel areas in six boats.