10 soldiers killed, 34 wounded near Madhu
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Author:  Percy [ Sun Jul 15, 2007 4:04 am ]
Post subject:  10 soldiers killed, 34 wounded near Madhu

10 soldiers killed, 34 wounded near Madhu

At the crack of dawn, troops broke out of their defended localities towards Tampanai and Periya Tampanai, east of the Madhu area, to advance forward. Ahead of this advance, from midnight artillery, multi barrel rockets and mortars were fired at rebel positions. Sources claimed that the Tigers were offering stiff resistance to moves by troops to advance.

@ Agencies / Sunday, July 15, 2007

The military said 10 soldiers were killed and 34 wounded after troops confronted Tamil Tigers in response to incoming artillery and mortar fire, and jets bombed a rebel camp in the northwestern district of Mannar.

A military official said they inflicted heavy casualties on the guerrillas.

The Tigers said about 600 army troops had infiltrated their defence lines in a two-pronged offensive and the sides clashed in a lengthy confrontation.

They said they had killed at least 16 soldiers, and three of their own fighters were killed. Bombs dropped by the jets had fallen near the battlefield. However there was no independent confirmation of what had happened or how many people were killed.

The latest fighting came three days after the government declared it had driven the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from their last jungle stronghold in the east after months of fighting, and two days after the tigers vowed to cripple the island's economy with attacks on major military and economic targets.

“We bombed the LTTE camp in Mannar and it was very successful, a lot of casualties,” air force spokesman Group Captain Ajantha De Silva said.

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