Advancing Sri Lankan troops killed at least 17 LTTE rebels as they gear to flush out the Tigers from last few pockets in the ‘No Fire Zone´, even as they recovered eight light aircraft bombs, officials said on Sunday.
A Czech made Zlin Z 143 light aircraft may still be left with the LTTE contrary to the reports that it had no more aircraft after losing two of them last month, according to recent report.
Intercepted LTTE radio transmissions revealed that 17 LTTE cadres were killed and 22 others suffered injuries in fresh clashes.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan soldiers were just 700 mt to 800 mt short of the bridge on the A-35 road (Paranthan- Mullaittivu) at Vellaimullaivaikkal last night, defence sources said.
Troops after a daylong march along the A-35 axis readjusted their forward boundary that extend across A-35 to the northern bank of the Nanthikadal lagoon.
The manoeuvre is aimed at opening up a main road access to the No Fire Zone [NFZ], where nearly 70,000 civilians have been held hostage by LTTE rebels, said the sources.