28 SLA killed, 52 wounded in Mannaar, Vavuniyaa - LTTE

[TamilNet, Friday, 30 May 2008, 20:56 GMT]
Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) officials on Friday said they confronted Sri Lanka Army in Mannaar and Vavuniyaa fronts throughout the day thwarting the repeated attempts by the SLA to advance into LTTE territory. A ground movement by the SLA from Ma'likaiththidal towards Theanudaiyaan in Mannaar, launched at 5:30 a.m. Friday was defeated around 12:40 p.m. 25 SLA soldiers were killed when they again launched the move at 1:00 p.m. 47 SLA soldiers were wounded in the confrontation that lasted till 6:15 p.m. when the SLA was pushed back, the Tigers said. Meanwhile, 3 SLA soldiers were killed in a confrontation that lasted for 90 minutes from 4:10 p.m.

Four SLA soldiers were wounded in the fighting in Vavuniyaa at the Forward Defence Line (FDL) at Kugnchukku'lam. The SLA abandoned the attempt after stiff resistance put up by the Tigers. The fighting broke out at 4:10 p.m. and lasted till 5:40 p.m.

An intense clash was reported at Paalamoaddai FDL in Vavuniyaa Friday morning. Tigers said the SLA pulled back after sustaining casualties. LTTE cadres who completed a clearing mission verified that 3 SLA soldiers had lost their legs in the booby traps, LTTE officials told media.

The Tigers have seized ammunitions including explosives in the clearing mission conducted in Mannaar, they said citing the LTTE Operations Command in Mannnar.



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