Tigers hit Arayampathi TELO camp

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 November 1997, 23:59 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers fired mortar shells at the TELO camp at Arayampathi, at 9.30 last night. The TELO had fortified the camp after an attack by the LTTE a few weeks ago and most TELO members had taken cover in a bunker soon after the shelling started.

The shelling was directed from the other side of the Batticaloa lagoon, which is controlled by the LTTE.

No one was injured in the attack, said sources in the area.

The Liberation Tigers launched an infantry assault on this camp in mid October. Three TELO men were killed in that attack, whilst the others fled, leaving the Tigers in control of the camp for over an hour.

The TELO is the largest militia group operating with the Sri Lankan army and the Special Task Force in the eastern province.

In a separate incident in the same area, explosive charges attached to electricity pylons along the Batticaloa-Kalmunai road brought down at least 10 of the structures.

Several areas between Arayampathi and Kalavanchikudi are without electricity as a result of explosions.

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