Heavy fighting continues at Paranthan

[TamilNet, Sunday, 01 February 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Latest reports from Sri Lankan Army sources said that heavy fighting continues in the Pranthan sector. Contrary to earlier reports, government troops have not regained control of the southern sector of the Paranthan base.

SLA troops are trying to recover their dead and wounded, said sources in the north.

The Anuradhapuram hospital sources said that they are expecting 180 wounded SLA soldiers.

Meanwhile the Tamil Eelam Radio, the commercial service of the Voice of Tigers (VoT) said in its evening news bulletin that the SLA had suffered heavily at Paranthan and the that the government is trying to hide the seriousness of the situation.

The radio also said that the Kfir aircraft have bombed the western parts of the Killinochchi, killing a large number of civilians.

It said that two civilians identified as Muthaiah Gunaseelan (displaced from Jaffna and currently living in Maththalan) and V. Murugesu, 52, of Murasumoodai were wounded when a bomb from a Kfir fell in the paddy field where they were working this after noon.

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