2ND LEAD

Tigers blast 6 Sri Lankan artillery positions in Vanni

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 11 March 2009, 11:54 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) Black Tiger commandos and Col. Kiddu Artillery formation launched a joint attack destroying six artillery positions of the Sri Lanka Army in the early hours of Tuesday, confirmed an LTTE official in Vanni to TamilNet on Wednesday. Six artillery weapons platforms in Thearaavil, located around 18 km from Puthukkudiyiruppu junction, were completely destroyed in a "precise mission" carried out by the Black Tiger commandos and the Tiger artillery formation, the official said. Ammunition dumps were also destroyed, the Tigers said.

The LTTE official refused to comment on whether Tigers used the seized artillery pieces to mount shelling towards SLA positions in the north, but said the weapons were destroyed in the mission.

More than 50 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed in the attack, he said.

3 Black Tiger commandos died in the mission.

 

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