Mannaar offensive thwarted - LTTE

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 September 2007, 16:24 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army army launched a ground offensive Monday morning at 5:30 towards Liberation Tigers controlled Adaikkalaimoaddai in Kaddukkaraikku'lam Tank area. After 9 hours of stiff fighting, the SLA troops were pushed back to their positions suffering heavy causalities, military spokesperson of Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE), Irasaiah Ilanthiraiyan said. The Tigers lost 6 fighters in the clash.

The SLA casualties were airlifted in Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) helicopters from the battle field.

Military medics were in prepared state as the SLA anticipated casualties.

Following the instructions by the SLA, Mannaar general hospital and Murungkan district hospital, were placed on high alert state since early morning Monday.

Traffic through Mannaar Madawachchi road was interrupted several times. Villagers in SLA controlled Uyirththaraasanku'lam have moved out to seek shelter at the St. Anthony's church.


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