Fighting near Mannar town
[TamilNet, Sunday, 21 November 1999, 09:18 GMT]
Heavy fighting erupted in the coast of Mannar town between units of the Sea Tigers and the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) around 12.10 this noon. Black smoke was seen in the Pallimunai sea said residents.
The SLA and Police appear to be firing to prevent Tiger fighting units from landing on at Pallimunai, a coastal suburb of Mannar town they said.
Meanwhile the Liberation Tigers began firing mortars on the Thallady base from Mundhal, seven kilometres north of Mannar town.
The army opened up on the LTTE's positions in Mundhal from Thallady this noon.
The town is tense amidst the shelling and the gun fire on the coast sources in the area said.