Heavy fighting and claymore blasts kill 19 Tigers and 4 soldiers in northern Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka)

May 03, Colombo: Sporadic fighting along the front lines in the restive North killed 19 Tamil Tigers and 2 soldiers while a roadside claymore blast killed another soldier in Welioya yesterday, the military said today.


Troops advancing ahead of defense lines in Mannar this morning engaged in a battle that killed six Tigers and injured many, defense reports said. Troops have recovered six bodies of Tiger rebels along with six T56 weapons in a search operation following the fighting.
Sporadic fighting in the same area yesterday killed 10 Tiger cadres and two soldiers and injured four soldiers. Defense officials said 15 Tigers were also wounded in the battle. Tigers exploded a roadside claymore mine targeting an army truck last night in Halambewa, Welioya killing one soldier. Another soldier was injured in a separate anti personnel mine explosion in the same area. Fighting along the front lines in the area meanwhile killed a Tiger rebel and wounded 9 rebels and four soldiers, defense authorities said.

Meanwhile another claymore mine explosion this morning in Kebithigollewa injured a Civil Defence Force member and a soldier of the Special task Force(STF) traveling on a motor cycle.

Sri Lanka government vowing to crush the rebels and liberate the North has stepped up its military operations in the embattled region. Despite few battlefront setbacks and sporadic attacks on civilians by LTTE government is slowly advancing into the Tiger controlled areas.

Von: 3.5.2008, www.colombopage.com

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