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Sri Lankan jets pound LTTE boats; 12 Tamil Tigers killed
One killed, 13 injured in LTTE grenade attack on bus

The government forces used fighter jets to attack LTTE suicide boats, which were seen on the beach north of Mullaittivu this morning. Ground Troops attacked LTTE strongholds located north of A-35 road (Paranthan- Mullaittivu) in the Kuppilankulam area and found five bodies of Tamil rebels along with five T-56 riffles.

@ T V Sriram / PTI

Colombo, Feb 14 (PTI) As thousands of trapped Tamil civilians continue to flee the war zone, Sri Lankan troops mounted heavy pressure to overrun Tigers' last positions and in a heavy battle at least 12 LTTE cadres were killed.

The government forces used fighter jets to attack LTTE suicide boats, which were seen on the beach north of Mullaittivu this morning, Air Force spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said, adding the boats were destroyed in the strikes.

The Defence Ministry said Sri Lanka Army troops, who were poised to wrest control over the remaining LTTE enclaves, continued to target the outfit strongholds yesterday.

In Eastern Batticaloa, troops after a confrontation with LTTE cadres in Hinguruwinna area recovered two bodies and an assortment of military items during a search operation after the incident.

Sri Lankan armed forces have rescued 2684 Tamil civilians from the LTTE grip in Wanni during 24 hours ending yesterday, the defence ministry said. With this over 35,000 Tamil civilians have moved into the government controlled areas till now out of 250,000.

According to the battlefield reports, troops attacked LTTE strongholds located north of A-35 road (Paranthan- Mullaittivu) in the Kuppilankulam area and found five bodies of Tamil rebels along with five T-56 riffles.
A woman was killed and 13 people injured when suspected LTTE rebels hurled a hand-grenade and fired at a bus transporting civilians out of Sri Lanka's northern war zone early on Saturday.

The guerrillas attacked the bus at Puliyankulam in the island's north in the wee hours while it was travelling to the government-controlled town of Vavuniya, officials said. The injured included four elderly women, two boys and two girls, the government's Media Centre for National Security said adding, the incident took place at around 1.30 AM.

The injured were admitted to Vavuniya Hospital, it said. This is the third instance of the Tamil Tigers targeting civilians in the island's war-ravaged north this week. On Tuesday, LTTE rebels fired at civilians attempting to cross over to government territory, killing 19 and injuring 75 in Udayarkattukulam area of Mullaittivu, the army had said. Among the dead were two children and five women.

A day earlier, an LTTE female suicide bomber blew herself up in a refugee centre in Mullaitivu, killing 29 people, including 10 civilians and injuring 64 others, 40 of them civilians.

The government accuses the rebels of using civilians as a "human shield" while the LTTE claims the troops have targeted civilians during its offensive against the Tigers. With the LTTE fast losing territory under their control in fierce fighting with the troops, thousands of refugees have streamed out of the war zone in the recent days.


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