Fighting in Ampakamam continues
[TamilNet, Sunday, 31 October 1999, 11:26 GMT]
Eleven Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers including an office officer have been killed and 187 wounded in the renewed fighting which broke out last evening said security sources.
The dead bodies were air lifted last night, and the wounded soldiers are being treated at Anuradhapura hospital, the sources said.
They said fighting broke out in two fronts, Paalampiddy, about 10 km. north of Madhu and Ampakamam, about 12 km. north-east of Mankulam.
The SLA sources claimed they had inflicted heavy causalities on the LTTE. The Army and the Liberation Tigers continue to exchange heavy artillery fire, the sources added.
Earlier yesterday, two SLA soldiers who were fortifying the forward defence lines in the area were killed when a shell fired by the Tigers hit their position directly the sources said.
Residents in the northern Vavuniya, about 40 km. south of the Vanni war front, said shelling which began in the evening continued till late in the night yesterday. They said explosions were heard this morning as well.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) jets have conducted raids in Maanthai in the north-western Mannar district around 6.30 a.m. this morning, the Voice of Tigers (VoT) said. The aerial attack continued for about half an hour the radio added.
Sources in Mannar, when contacted by TamilNet, confirmed that an air raid had taken place in the district. Details of damages were not known, they added.
The VoT radio further said the SLA fired artillery shells towards Paandiyankulam, a village in the Mannar district.
Sources in Mannar said that 72 families from Mallavi, Jeyapuram and Puthukkudiyiruppu, displaced due to recent fighting, arrived by boats yesterday. They are staying at the premises of Mannar Christian Youth Mission, the sources added.
The VoT radio also gave the names of 24 members of the Liberation Tigers, including 7 women fighters, who were killed in the fighting during the last two days.
Events in the war zone could not be independently verified as journalists are not permitted to travel in to the area.