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"Over 150 Tamil Tigers killed" - Army
Bodies of 80 tigers recovered with a large haul of weapons

update: Monday, March 09, 2009

The MOD said Special Forces and 58 Division troops Sunday launched a massive counter attack on LTTE who attempted to infiltrate the troops’ defence line in Puthkkudiyiruppu east killing over 150 LTTE cadres. It added that the bodies of 80 rebels were recovered along with a large haul of weapons, including 219 T-56 weapons, eight T-58 weapons, eighteen Rocket Propeller Grenades (RPGs), ten Multi Purpose Machine Guns (MPMG), six 60 mm mortars, two 12.7mm anti aircraft guns, two Light Machine Guns (LMG), one 40 mm grenade launcher, one 9 mm pistol, one M 91 sniper gun, seven I-com sets.

Colombo, March 8, 2009

Over 100 Tamil Tigers have been killed in fierce fighting with Sri Lankan forces since Friday and the tigers are now cornered in a less than 50 sq km area in Mullaitivu, defence ministry said Sunday. Sri Lanka’s defence ministry said the Tamil Tigers have “made several desperate attempts” to infiltrate the forward defences in northeastern Mullaitivu district.

The ministry said the military has thwarted all efforts by the rebels, leaving over 150 LTTE cadres killed and as many injured since Friday dawn. It added that the bodies of 30 rebels were recovered along with a large haul of weapons, including assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and a vehicle mounted with an anti-aircraft gun.

“The LTTE terrorists were preparing for a large-scale offensive towards the existing military defences at Palamathalan and north of Puthkkudiyiruppu, inducting over 200 cadres, including suicide bombers and Sea Tigers,” the defence ministry said. Following the initial thrust, it said, the guerrillas have “planned to send waves of 100 odd cadres to provide reinforcements”.

Senior LTTE leaders such as “Bhanu, Lawrence, Soosai and a few other high-profile terrorists were directly involved in master-minding the pre-emptive assault”, the ministry said. “This is for the first time during recent battles that LTTE has inducted many of its ‘high profiles’ to the battlefront.
“Yet, timely detection and precise intelligence information proved decisive as the terrorists’ offensive waves were received with intense military counter attacks,” the defence ministry said. The ministry, however, did not say anything about the probable losses to its own troops.
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