SLA withdraws from Maavadiyoadai after intense fight - LTTE
[TamilNet, Saturday, 02 June 2007, 11:52 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army withdrew its troops deployed for a fresh ground operation towards Kudumpimalai (Thoppigala) Saturday noon from Maavadiyoadai bridge, located on the route linking Badulla Road with Kudumpimalai jungle, as Tigers put up stiff resistance amid two aerial bombardments by the Sri Lankan Air Force, LTTE military spokesman Irasiah Ilanthirayan told media.
Sri Lankan military officials in Colombo claimed that they had attacked two LTTE camps.
Tigers said their positions were intact.
The SLA was forced to cancel its attempt to move beyond Maavadiyoadai and withdraw the troops deployed in the area after heavy fighting that lasted from 11:30 a.m. for an hour, according to Mr. Ilanthirayan.