Jaya Sukuri defences breached
[TamilNet, Friday, 07 November 1997, 23:59 GMT]
Sources close to SLA in Vavuniya said today that LTTE units broke through the forward defences of the "Jaya Sukuri" troops, east of Mankulam, last Wednesday (5th November) and that heavy fighting had followed in the area.
The Sri Lankan army officially admitted the attack had taken place, but claimed that it was beaten back. The SLA said they 'estimated' 50 Tigers had been killed. The SLA also claimed seven Sri Lankan soldiers were wounded.
However, the sources in Vavuniya said that the SLA's claims of LTTE casualties were exaggerated.
It is not possible to independently confirm casualty figures as the Sri Lankan government has banned correspondents from the island's war zones.