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 Post Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 6:35 pm 
Military kills 15 Tigers in Thoppigala

Fifteen dead bodies, confirmed as those of the tigers, by army Commandos were found in a search operation subsequent to yesterdays confrontation at Thoppigala west. The LTTE were fleeing in two tractors yesterday around 5.30 p.m. when they were attacked by army Commandos.

@ LL / Saturday, July 07, 2007

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan troops ambushed a group of Tamil Tigers riding on tractors killing 15 of them, the military said on Saturday.

The attack, which occurred near the eastern area of Thoppigala on Friday evening, came hours after tigers killed six government soldiers in the region in a mortar attack.

Government forces have cleared the Tamil Tiger guerrillas from much of eastern Sri Lanka, but have been struggling to seize the eastern rebel bastion of Thoppigala. The Army began what it called a final push into the area in late April and said recently that it hoped to rout the rebels by early next week.

A fierce battle took place between Security Forces and LTTE on Friday morning (06) as troops commenced the final leg of their march to Thoppigala, the last LTTE stronghold in the Eastern Province. Fifteen dead bodies, confirmed as those of the tigers, by army Commandos were found in a search operation subsequent to yesterdays confrontation at Thoppigala west.

Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said "The terrorists fired heavy mortars from a location West of Baron's Cap at the troops deployed in the North of Narakamula".

"The security forces retaliated using heavy weapons and air power and brought the situation under control," he further added.

The mission to liberate Thoppigala is continuing.


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