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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

Tigers attack army Forwards Defence Lines in Nagar Kovil

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 17 May, ( Tiger guerrillas attacked Sri Lankan Army Forward defence line in Nagar Kovil, Jaffna peninsula on Tuesday and were driven back by security forces retaliation, military officials in the filed said.

"The LTTE attacked our bunkers with RPGs (Rocket Propel grenades), Tombo guns and mortars” a military official told the Asian Tribune.

He said four soldiers were injured and that the army intercepted LTTE communications said four Tiger cadres had been injured in the confrontation which lasted 15 minuts from 5. 55 pm to 6.10 pm yesterday.

Four wounded soldiers were airlifted to Palaly Military Hospital.

“We are getting ready to their next offensive,” the officer said, adding intelligence warning had been received suggesting the Tigers were preparing for a bigger attack.

The Security Forces have charged the LTTE of gradually moving its defence lines forward by setting up bunkers in the no man’s land.

When the government and the LTTE signed the truce agreement, the distance maintained between the two sides in the Nagar Kovil was 600 meters.

Even though the distance between two sides in most other areas of the North and East is 800 meters, which is twice of the effective firing range of a T 56 assault rifle, the two parties agreed for 600 meters in Nagar Kovil due to practical reasons.

Since then, security forces have routinely accused the Tiger guerrillas of gradually annexing no mans land into its territory.

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission earlier ruled this as a violation and suggested a mutual pullback by both sides, which was denied by the then Defence Secretary Cyril Herath, who wanted the LTTE to withdraw its FDL to its original location at the time of the signing the Ceasefire Agreement.

- Asian Tribune -

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