2ND LEAD (UPDATE)
3 STF killed, 2 wounded in Ampaa'rai - LTTE
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 December 2008, 13:10 GMT]
Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) official Nilavan in Ampaa'rai told media Wednesday that 2 Sri Lankan Special Task Force (STF) commandos were killed and 2 wounded on Ukanthai - Kumbukkan Oya Road in Ampaa'rai around 5:25 p.m., when a LTTE commando unit opened fire on a road patrol of the STF. The others escaped the site and a Buffel Armed Personnel Carrier came to the site to recover the casualties, the Tigers said.
Earlier, around 3:00 p.m., a STF commando was killed in a LTTE mine explosion when STF troopers entered Kagnchikudichchaa'ru jungle area.
STF fired artillery towards the jungle area from Kagnchirangkudaa camp, the Tigers said.
Meanwhie, residents in Akkaraippattu said around 20 civilians were taken for inquiry by the Sri Lankan forces after a cordon and search where masked men were also engaged by the Sri Lankan soldiers.