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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2678

18000 civilians have crossed over into the Government controlled area

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Colombo, 16 May, ( "A total of 18000 civilians have crossed over from LTTE to the Government controlled sector within the last three days from the New Safety Zone," said on Saturday, Brigadier Nanayakkara spokesman of the Sri Lanka Army.

"The 57th and 58th regiments of the Sri Lanka Army have surrounded the LTTE leaders, and they are now trapped in a small plot of land. They are being protected by a circle of suicide bombers and innocent civilians. Every attempt is being made to take over the civilians to the Government side, but they are deterred by the ruthless shooting by the remaining few LTTE cadres guarding the LTTE leaders".

"Yesterday afternoon there was a loud explosion heard in one of the bunkers where some of the LTTE leaders are said to be hiding. The Army suspects that some of those leaders inside the LTTE bunker would have died". An Army source revealed this to the Asian Tribune yesterday evening.

- Asian Tribune -

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