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 Post Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:48 pm 
Fierce fighting kills many in Lanka

The Sri Lanka Army lost 23 men and over 150 others were injured while attempting to breach the LTTE Forward Defence Line. According to unconfirmed reports more than 50 wounded soldiers were in critical condition. At least 18 have lost limbs due to anti-personnel mines.

Wed, 2007-11-07 19:29
@ Agencies / DN/DW


The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were locked in fierce firefights near the forward defense lines of Muhamalai today. Fighting started when SLA launched a limited offensive to capture part of LTTE defence line near Muhamalai. Both parties have suffered heavy casualties in the fierce firefights that raged on for more than two hours. The thrust made by the 55th Division came from Kilali and Muhamalai SLA FDLs.

The Sri Lanka Army lost 23 men and over 150 others were injured while attempting to breach the LTTE Forward Defence Line. According to unconfirmed reports more than 50 wounded soldiers were in critical condition. At least 18 have lost limbs due to anti-personnel mines.

"The number of LTTE cadres killed in the Muhamalai (Jaffna peninsula) attack has risen to 65 according to latest LTTE communication," the ministry said, revising its earlier figure of 52 Tigers killed in action.

Fighting started at around 5.30 am morning and lasted till 7.30 am. LTTE used group based attack teams to provoke the SLA into a limited offensive. Soldiers of the 55th division walked into a guerilla killing field, falling for the trap which was set in advance by the tigers. Even under a worst case scenario, SLA soldiers were able to overrun several highly fortified LTTE bunkers in the frontline. However these had to be left behind as the LTTE resistance forced the troops back to their starting positions within two hours.

The high SLA casualty count was the main reason why the operation was stopped. Much of the SLA casualties were due to land mines and artillery strikes.

LTTE too suffered heavily in the battle. Exact number of LTTE cadres killed or injured in the incident cannot be confirmed as of yet. However reliable intelligence reports suggest that at least 65 LTTE cadres were killed in action and an unknown number were wounded in the attack.

Intermittent artillery and mortar attacks are still continuing in the area.


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