Mankulam artillery duels continue
[TamilNet, Monday, 02 March 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The Voice of Tigers radio said this evening that a LTTE fighter who was wounded yesterday in a confrontation with troops of Operation Jayasikurui died this morning. The radio gave his name as Chellakili (Francis Xavier Roudent, Jaffna).
Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan Army said today that SLA snipers had shot and killed 6 Tigers ahead of Jayasikurui forward defence lines.
Despite reports in sections of Colombo press that the SLA had entered outskirts of Mankulam town, SLA sources said that little progress had been made in getting near the town.
Mortar and artillery fire continues to be exchanged in the area.