Fighting erupts in Mannar
[TamilNet, Sunday, 12 September 1999, 10:05 GMT]
Heavy fighting has been reported between the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and the Liberation Tigers in the north-western Vidaththalthivu, 24 km. north of Mannar since this morning.
Defence sources in Colombo said thirty-five Tigers and five SLA soldiers have been killed in the fighting today. However, sources in Mannar put the SLA casualties higher.
The troops stationed at the Thallaady base have been firing shells towards Vidaththalthivu since 6 a.m. this morning, sources said.
The fighting erupted when troops launched an offensive to expand areas held by them in Vidaththalthivu-Pallamadu.