10 SLA killed in raid on minicamp in Mannar - LTTE

[TamilNet, Friday, 20 July 2007, 04:24 GMT]
Liberation Tigers launched a pre-dawn raid Friday on a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) minicamp at Neelachcheanai in Mannar, killing 10 SLA soldiers and seizing all the weapons from the camp, located near Uyilangku'lam entry/exit point. Four LTTE fighters were killed in action. A Medium Machine Gun (MMG), a Light Machine Gun (LMG), a 60 mm mortar, four automatic rifles, 25 hand grenades and an ammunition cache were seized by the Tigers, according to LTTE's Military Spokesman Irasiah Ilanthirayan. Meanwhile, military officials in Colombo put their casualty figures lower and claimed 9 Tamil Tigers were killed in the attack.

LTTE fighters returned to their positions after "succesfully neutralizing the threat posed by the hostile enemy camp from which infiltration units were operating," Mr. Ilanthiryan said.

The raid took place at 2:35 a.m.

Sri Lankan military sources in Colombo later claimed they had killed 9 LTTE fighters, but put their casualties at low, 3 SLA dead and 4 wounded, in the attack.

Seven wounded soldiers were brought to Anuradhapura hospital, according to medical sources at the hospital.

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