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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2680

LTTE cadres are on the run in Vaharai in the east Sri Lanka

Colombo, 06 December, ( Tamil Tiger cadres are on a ‘do or die battle’ in Vaharai. Sri Lanka’s Army has already surrounded Vaharai, area under the LTTE control, on all directions. Army soldiers are tactically deployed in the jungles around Vaharai. They are waiting to pounce on the fleeing Tigers from their jungle hideout, according to an Army source.

Sri Lankan troops have already killed 15 Tigers. One of those killed was the senior LTTE cadres Lt. Col. Viduthalai, military coordinator of Vaharai. He died in the battle on Tuesday.

Already many LTTE commanders and their deputies have fled from the theatre of war. S.Elilan, LTTE’s head of the political division for Trincomalee region, which includes Vaharai, has already fled to Vanni.

Media Centre for National Security revealed that Sri Lanka Air Force fighter jets pounded on the identified LTTE strong holds at Kaddamiravikulam in Panichchankerni on Tues day morning. The Media Centre said the air raids were carried out around 9:00 a.m. yesterday targeting the LTTE positions where the Mortar launchers were located.

Sri Lankan sources revealed that the LTTE offensive stopped at about 12 noon yesterday under the successful retaliation by the security forces.

According to Sri Lanka’s Information Department news report, the attack did not cost any deaths to the army troopers, while 19 soldiers were injured. The wounded carders were admitted to the Polonnaruwa and Valachchenei hospitals.

LTTE's Military Spokesman Irasiah Marshal Ilanthirayan speaking from Vanni confirmed that heavy fighting was reported between LTTE and Sri Lanka Army troopers at Kattumurivu for the second day.

The LTTE spokesman added that the SLA attempted to advance further into LTTE territory and was halted following heavy casualties. Ilanthirayan claimed that more than 30 SLA troopers were killed yesterday in the fierce battle.

There was no independent confirmation of the casualty details revealed by the LTTE spokesman.

However Sri Lanka Army spokesman flatly denied rebels’ claims of killing 30 Sri Lankan Army troopers.

- Asian Tribune -

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