Tigers lose a whopping 84 in the East
At least 84 LTTE cadres were killed in an abortive attack on the
forward defence lines in Kajuwatta, Batticaloa early yesterday when the
The security forces in their counter attack pushed the LTTE attackers
five km into uncleared areas. Thirteen soldiers were killed and six
soldiers were wounded in the battle that ensued.
The Security forces also charged that retreating Tiger cadres had
destroyed the Panichchankerni Bridge, stranding 30,000 civilians in the
LTTE held Verugal area.
Twelve bodies of LTTE cadres were yesterday transferred to the
Valachchenai Hospital and were expected to be handed over to the LTTE
through the ICRC.
Military officials in the field said advancing troops also saw over
40 bodies of the fallen LTTE fighters, most of them lying close to the
security forces forward defence lines.
"That was a well planned attack to overrun our positions in the
General area of Kajuwatta and Mankerni. We had to act tough and we did
it," said a military official in the field. Troops also intercepted LTTE
transmissions which said twenty cadres were killed in the Naval attack
on five LTTE boats bringing reinforcement to the LTTE in Mankerni. Three
boats were destroyed in the attack, said the official.
Meanwhile, the Karuna faction had overrun LTTE positions in
Kadiramulla Kulam, 10 km west of Vakarai. According to intelligence
sources, over 40 LTTE cadres were killed in the clash. Five Karuna
fighters were killed and 18 wounded, according to intelligence sources.
However, these figures could not be independently verified.