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 Post subject: 98 LTTE Dead Bodies Recovered From Kilaly Lagoon Area
 Post Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:44 pm 
98 Tigers killed as Lankan forces repulse Jaffna offensive

REPORTS REACHING COLOMBO indicate that troops have recovered 98 dead bodies of LTTE (Tamil Tiger) terrorists who were killed by troops during confrontations in KILALY, JAFFNA Wednesday (16)Arrangements are underway to handover the dead bodies to LTTE through ICRC. About 30 to 40 LTTE sea tiger boats were destroyed as they reached the KILALY lagoon with LTTE sea tigers. During confrontation 03 Security Forces members were killed and 15 others were injured. (Source: SL Army)

At least 700 Tigers and 106 government troops have been killed, and upto 600 rebels and about 170 soldiers wounded since August 11 in Jaffna

@ The Hindu - 17 Aug 2006

Colombo, Aug. 17 (PTI): At least 98 Tamil Tigers were killed and about 100 wounded today when government forces repulsed a major rebel attack on Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula that also left at least nine soldiers dead.

Troops prevented the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from capturing a defence line at Kilali on the southern sector of the peninsula, 300 km from the capital, media minister Anura Yapa told reporters here adding "we have recovered the bodies of 98 Tigers."

He did not give troop casualties, but military sources said at least nine soldiers, including two officers, were killed and 60 more wounded in some of the most fierce battles that erupted since the 2002 ceasefire.

The direct combat came a day after President Mahinda Rajapakse said the door was open to LTTE for peace talks. Defence spokesman Upali Rajapakse said the military has "successfully repulsed" the offensive by the rebels, who launched the sea-borne attack on army positions at Kilali in the wee hours. The LTTE offensive was led by the group's sea tiger leader Soosai, sources said.

Heavy shelling was witnessed in the eastern port town of Trincomalee also, where a six-member team of ceasefire monitors was almost hit and was forced to shift base. A spokesman for the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) said the monitors' housing was almost hit when the area came under heavy shelling for hours since last evening.

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According to Defence spokesman Rajapakse, at least 700 Tigers and 106 government troops have been killed, and upto 600 rebels and about 170 soldiers wounded since August 11, when LTTE stepped up efforts to retake Jaffna.


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 Post subject: Attacking Tigers turned back with heavy losses
 Post Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:19 am 
Attacking Tigers turned back with heavy losses

by Harischandra Gunaratna
@ The Island


Over 160 LTTE cadres died in retaliatory attacks by the security forces, defence sources said yesterday.

The Tigers launched attacks on the Military Forward Defence Lines (FLD) at Muhamalai, Nagarkovil and Kilali, but the forces retaliated and drove them back.

According to the Army the LTTE were making a vain attempt to capture Jaffna which was recaptured by the troops in 1995.

Since the August 11 offensive launched by LTTE, starting with the Military positions in the East which spilled over to the North, over 650 LTTE cadres have died and 450 injured while 106 security forces personnel, including six officers have been killed and 170 injured.

As dusk fell on Wednesday, the LTTE had lunched artillery and mortar attacks on the Army positions and the fighting continued till wee hours of the next morning. Sea Tigers had arrived in a flotilla of 20 boats to attack the troops. At least three Tiger boats were destroyed by the Navy and a number of them were damaged said the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS).

A large number of Tiger rebels, who penetrated Kayts, was killed by the troops and the area has been completely cleared of terrorists. According to the Army they are now in full control of Kayts. The place was littered with bodies of at least 70 LTTE cadres and they were buried. Though attempts were made by the Tigers to send reinforcements the Navy was able to eliminate them, a spokesman for the Navy said.

According to the Navy there are 240 displaced families in Kayts and they are housed at St. Mary’s Church on the island. Logistics have been provided by the Navy.

Air Force fighter jets on Wednesday bombed identified LTTE positions in Pudukudiirruppu, Iranamadu and Pooneryn where the LTTE was trying to send in reinforcements to the war theatre.

A sailor was killed when a Navy check point was attacked in Sallai in Sampaltivu of the Trincomalee district by the Tigers. Later the Navy discovered blood on the trail left by the Tigers after they retaliated. Casualties of the terrorists were not known at the time this edition went to print.


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 Post subject: Several Tiger leaders perish in counter attacks
 Post Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 3:21 am 
Several Tiger leaders perish in counter attacks

By Suneetha Gamage
@ DM / Saturday, August 19, 2006


Security information sources indicate that a Sea Tiger leader Rani Mohindas and few other Tiger leaders died by retaliation attacks by the security forces on Thursday early morning at Kilali.

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It is said that Rani Mohindas is the deputy to Sea Tiger leader Soosai.

In addition Tiger leader Muhilan and woman leader Sudanmani have also perished from the attacks.

The security forces have recovered 98 bodies of Tigers from the attack and if Tigers do not accept these bodies through the ICRC, arrangements would be made to bury them at a mass burial.

Although about 150 Tigers have died from these attacks, they are hesitant to accept the fact.


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