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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2783

SL Government forces retaliate LTTE artillery and mortar fire

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 10 December, ( Sri Lankan Security Forces have launched counter operations to restore normalcy in Kallar, Serunuwara, Sirimangalapura, Mahindapura, Somapura and Agbopura.

The Media Centre for National Security in its reports reveals civilians have been greatly distressed by LTTE artillery and mortar attacks. The Media Centre says ground and electronic sources have confirmed that about 40 Tigers have been killed and over 40 injured.

As a result of counter operations, two soldiers have been killed in action and 37 soldiers were injured.

According to the Media Centre, SLMM has been informed that LTTE artillery and mortars which are situated in thickly populated areas and should be removed but until now, no action has been taken to remove the lethal weapons located in the midst of the thickly populated environs.

Meanwhile, Security Forces have also taken measure to look into the needs of civilians affected by LTTE artillery and mortar attacks. Temporary accommodation has been provided to the civilians who have been displaced. The displaced persons are presently housed in the Agrabodhi Temple, the former Courts complex buildings near the Kantale Railway station, in the Bhatiyagama School and in the Raja Ela Seevali Vidyalaya in Kantale.

According to the security forces five hand grenades have been found in Jaffna on information received from a civilian. The Media Centre for National Security says two grenades were found by troops hidden in a garden last evening in Navanthurai and three were found last morning from an abandoned house Kopay.

Meanwhile, Tamil Tigers fired mortars and artillery shells this morning at Kaddimuravikulam, Kajuwatte, Kirimichchiya areas killing two soldiers and injuring 20. Report further adds that Tigers sustained heavy casualties in the counter attack launched by the Army.

Troops retaliated with mortar fire when LTTE fired 81 millimetre mortars at troops located near the Assistant Government Agent's Office in Vavunitivu last evening. No casualties were reported.

- Asian Tribune -

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