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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2784

The LTTE daily loses more than 8 square kilometers of the land area they hold

Colombo, 18 February, ( In the Puthukudirippu West, the Army has entered the town area. In a pitched battle between the Sri Lankan Army and the LTTE on Monday, about 35 LTTE cadres were killed and out of that 20 bodies were recovered. "On Tuesday we counted about 30 LTTE men dead and out of that 14 bodies were recovered," said a Sri Lankan Army source. "In total about 34 LTTE bodies were collected within a matter of two days and also collected other items such as radio sets, etc.," said Army sources.

Sri Lankan Army sources told Asian Tribune that on Monday 1304 and 150 millimeters big artillery guns were recovered. On Tuesday he said that there was nothing much left by the Tamil Tigers for the Army to collect?

Sri Lankan Army sources pointed out that under such a situation, basically Tigers have been defeated very well and lot of LTTE leaders are running here and there. The Army sources said that daily Sri Lankan Army is in a position to seize at lease 8 square kilometers of the land from the Tamil Tigers.

When asked how much land area is left with the LTTE, Army sources in the 58 Division of the Sri Lanka Army said on the Paranthan A 35 Road, another 8 square kilometers of land left with them.

Sources further said that the LTTE cadres continues to keep on going behind and behind and they have managed to heard the Tamil civilians who are held as human shield towards the sea coast area and keeping them under threat.

Army sources said on Monday nearly 500 civilians managed to cross into the cleared area and on Tuesday about 188 civilians arrived.

- Asian Tribune -

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