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 Post subject: Battles rage in Wanni, Many LTTE, Army Killed
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:25 am 
Battles rage in Wanni, Many LTTE, Army Killed
Tamil Tigers putting up stiff resistance

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Thursday, 04 September, 2008

@ Agencies / SLA

Tamil Tigers are putting up stiff resistance to a government onslaught, a day after the island's army said it had seized a key town in the north.

Government forces pounded tigers with airstrikes, helicopter attacks and ground assaults. Both sides claimed killing and wounding scores of combatants in the offensive. Heavy fighting across northern Sri Lanka killed 47 Tamil Tigers and left 13 soldiers dead or missing, the military said Wednesday.

TamilNet claimed the Tigers had killed as many as 75 government soldiers in the recent fighting. The Tamilnet said LTTE had confronted troops at Naachchikkuda, along the island's northwestern coast, killing 45 soldiers and wounding 51 others. Another 30 soldiers were killed in clashes elsewhere in the north on Tuesday, Tamilnet said.

The military said 19 bodies of Army soldiers killed by Tigers were handed over to the Army through the International Committee of Red Cross on Wednesday in the north. Seven dead bodies have been so far identified as those of the Army soldiers who had gone missing in Nachchikuda area on Tuesday. The 12 remaining dead bodies are still to be identified. This came after Army handed over 20 dead cadres of LTTE to ICRC on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the military said at least 27 LTTE were killed and around 80 others injured in Wanni area on Wednesday. At least 11 Army soldiers were also killed or reported missing while 32 soldiers were injured in these battles, said the military.

On Tuesday, the military said it had seized Mallavi, a town the LTTE were using as a supply base, and then captured tiger defence lines a few kilometres north on the road to Kilinochchi "after a fierce battle". "The terrorists launched a counterattack to regain the lost bunker line," the government said.


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