Fighting in Maavilaru
[TamilNet, Saturday, 12 August 2006, 01:18 GMT]
Heavy fighting is reported between Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops and LTTE fighters near the Maavil Aru sluice gates in southern Trincomalee district. Sources in Trincomalee town said close-quarter battles are raging and that heavy weapons fire has been stopped by both sides to prevent hitting their respective troops.
Some SLA units have been cut off from the main body of Sri Lankan troops who took control of the sluice gates on Thursday, report said.
SLA units backed by artillery and air strikes advanced last week against bitter resistance from the LTTE.