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In a retaliatory attack by the LTTE : 18 Sri Lankan soldiers killed on the spot and one injured

Colombo, 01 August, ( Tamil Tiger militants on Monday (31) late night about 10.30 p.m. blasted an Army bus that was carrying troops at Serunuwara, on Kantalai - Serunuwara road, killing 18 soldiers on the spot and injuring one.

"There was a Claymore mine explosion and 18 personnel are feared dead," said Military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe.

Sri Lanka Army website described it as a retaliatory LTTE attack, came hours after troops in an attempt to reopen the sluice gate at Mavil Aru, Trincomalee, closed in on the anicut with the support of air cover provided by the Air Force.

Troops in the ill-fated bus were proceeding towards Kanatalai in order to release some of the soldiers who are scheduled to go on leave.

Additional troops rushed to the scene of the claymore blast and cordoned the area.

In the meantime, already Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has declared that the 2002 ceasefire is void and accused the government of resuming a two-decade old civil war.

S. Elilan, Head of the Tiger’s political wing in the restive eastern district of Trincomalee, said to Reuters News Agency “The cease-fire agreement has become null and void at the moment, adding government troops were continuing an advance towards their forward defence line in the east, in a water supply dispute.”

“The war is on and we are ready,” added Elilan. “The war has begun. It is the government which has started the war... Militarily we have decided to fight back if the Sri Lankan army enters our area,” he emphasized.

- Asian Tribune -

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