Fire-fight at Vathiri
[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 December 1997, 23:59 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers attacked a Sri Lankan army patrol at Irumpu Mathavady in Vathiri, Jaffna around 5.45 p.m. this evening.
The area echoed with heavy gun fire as the Tigers and the army fought for more than half an hour.
Army sources confirmed the confrontation at Vathiri but declined to give details of casualties.
Residents said that helicopters had flown into the area soon after the fighting was over, apparently to evacuate wounded soldiers. Casualties on the LTTE side are not known.