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Sri Lanka Air Force Kfir jets bomb LTTE targets in Verugal

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 18 January, ( The Sri Lanka Air force has successfully destroyed several LTTE targets in Batticaloa.

"At 9.45 a.m. Air Force Kfir jets bombed a group of LTTE terrorists in Batticaloa's Verugal area," a spokesman for the media centre for national security said.

According to the spokesman the Air force has successfully completed Wednesday's operation which included several other vital LTTE points which were often being utilized to attack security forces.

When queried the terrorists casualties, the spokesman said that it was difficult to give the number of causalities as the bombing was carried out at an LTTE controlled area. "But the Air Force is very confident that all targets were destroyed and a large number of rebels were killed during Thursday's bombings."

Meanwhile the bodies of seven LTTE cadres who died during Tuesday's operation in Panichchankerni and Kadjuwatta (North of Batticaloa) have been handed over to the Tiger organization through the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The spokesman noted that at around 3.30 p.m. Wednesday the ICRC carrying the bodies of the seven cadres entered into LTTE controlled areas in Batticaloa to hand over the bodies.

The Defence Ministry soon after Tuesday's operation claimed that more than 30 Tigers were killed in the confrontation.

- Asian Tribune -

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