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11 rebels killed, LTTE confined to less than 55 sq kms: SL Army

world Updated: Mar 05, 2009 20:59 IST
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At least 11 LTTE rebels were killed as Sri Lankan troops moved further restricting the tigers' hold in 55 sq kms towards the coast of Mulaittivu, the army said on Thursday.

After liberating Puthukkudiyiruppu junction, the last town held by the LTTE, the troops of 58 division and task force 8 have commenced an eastward thrust towards the coast, the defence ministry said quoting sources.

According to the battlefield reports, the soldiers have pushed their boundary further east of the Puthukkudiyiruppu junction last evening.

Following clashes ensued since this morning, troops have collected four bodies of LTTE cadres, one Rocket Propeller Grenade Launcher (RPG) and four T-56 riffles, it said.

Also, troops of Task Force 8 moving towards northeast have been able to push their boundaries forward into Puthukkudiyiruppu east and claimed heavy damages to the rebel force.

The LTTE is now boxed into an area less than 55 square kilometers, the ministry said.

Army snipers deployed in 591 Brigade in general area of Mullaittivu have gunned down seven LTTE fighters ahead of the own defence line yesterday, military report received from the battlefront said.