Eight SLA troops killed
[TamilNet, Saturday, 20 December 1997, 23:59 GMT]
The Voice of Tigers said this evening that the Liberation Tigers ambushed SLA yesterday evening in Elephant pass area killing 3 soldiers and wounding ten others.
In another incident five SLA soldiers were killed in Polonnaruwa when Liberation Tigers ambushed a road clearing patrol yesterday.
The Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence acknowledged both attacks had taken place.
The MoD also said that an army vehicle had been caught in a claymore mine explosion in the Elephant Pass attack and that the wounded soldiers had been taken to the SLA's Palaly base for treatment.