SLA bodies returned - LTTE

[TamilNet, Thursday, 30 July 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The bodies of 5 Sri Lankan Army (SLA) soldiers captured by the Liberation Tigers (LTTE) were handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Tuesday, said Liberation Tigers in a press release issued by their International Secretariat in London yesterday.

All five bodies were recovered from a battle field near Mankulam on July 26 the press release said.

The fighting erupted when the troops of Operation Jeyasikurui made a fresh attempt to capture the strategic town of Mankulam on July 26. Thirty SLA soldiers and four Tigers were killed in the fighting, the Tigers said.

The press release also said that four Tigers died on Monday in a confrontation with the Sri Lankan Army, near Mankulam.

The Sri Lankan government has imposed strict censorship on the reporting of military action. This, combined with the ban on correspondents entering the war zone has made it impossible to independently verify events taking place there.

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