Sri Lanka troops kill 52 Tamil Tigers (SRI LANKA)
Sri Lanka army continued its counterterrorist offensives in the Vanni region [northern Sri Lanka] yesterday (23 February), causing heavy losses to the LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] terrorists. According to the military reports received from the battlefronts, at least 52 terrorists were killed in the clashes erupted in the Vavuniya, Mannar, Weli Oya and Jaffna areas during the day.
ENGLAND, 25 February 2008 (BBC Monitoring South Asia)--
On the Vavuniya battlefront, troops had several clashes with LTTE terrorists in the Vedamkulama, Periyapantrichurichchan, Mullikulama, Palaimoddai, and Sulainamarathamadu areas during the daytime yesterday.
At Vedamkulama, troops, while engaged in clearing operation, came under a terrorists attack around 9.45 a.m. Troops retaliated effectively and beat off the terrorists. One soldier was killed and another suffered injuries in the incident. LTTE radio transmissions have confirmed that two terrorists were injured in the incident.
In the general area Mullikulama, troops attacked terrorists' bunkers in three separate incidents and claimed seven terrorists were killed. Also, one soldier was killed and four others sustained injuries during the same clashes. Separately in the same area, troops ambushed a group of LTTE cadres on the same day evening and claimed that two more terrorists were killed in the incident.
At Palaimodai, troops engaged terrorists' bunkers around 10 last morning and claimed seven terrorists were killed and three others injured. Also, one soldier suffered injuries and evacuated to the Vavuniya hospital.
Meanwhile, in the Periyapantrichurichchan area, troops clashed with the terrorists at two occasions with in the course of the day. In one incident, troops ambushed a group of terrorists around 10.15 last morning and claimed that three terrorists were killed. In the second incident, troops attacked three terrorists' bunkers on the same day morning and claimed 10 terrorists were killed. Also, five soldiers suffered injuries in the incident.
In the general area Sulainamarathamadu, army engaged artillery fire at an identified terrorist gathering around 10.15 a.m. LTTE radio transmissions have confirmed that two terrorists were killed.
On the Mannar front, troops marching into the LTTE-dominated territory had several clashes with the terrorists in the Perankamam, Adampan and Vaiyattankulama areas yesterday.
In the general area Perankamam, one soldier was killed during a confrontation occurred in the morning. Meanwhile, troops launched an attack at terror bunkers on the same day evening and claimed that four terrorists were killed. Troops recovered one T-56 riffle. Also, one solder suffered injuries in this incident.
In the general area Adampan, army snipers claimed that four terrorists were shot down during the day. Also, two soldiers suffered injuries due to terrorists' fire in the Vaiyattankulama area around 9.35 a.m.
On the Weli Oya front, troops had two clashes with LTTE terrorists in the Andankulama area during the day. In the first incident, troops attacked and captured a fortified stronghold of terrorists' last morning. Troops found eight bodies of LTTE cadres along with eight T-56 rifles during the subsequent search. In the second incident, troops confronted with a group of terrorists around 9.15 last night and claimed that two terrorists were killed and two suffered injuries. Also, two soldiers sustained injuries.
In addition, four soldiers suffered injuries due to anti-personnel mine explosion and booby traps in the Anadankilma area during the day.
Finally on the Jaffna theatre of battle, snipers deployed in the Muhamalai and Kilaly area claimed that three terrorists were shot down during the day.
Limited operations are continuing.
Von: BBC Monitoring South Asia (England) © 2008 All rights reserved.