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'200 Tigers killed since CFA scrapped'

world Updated: Jan 15, 2008 13:12 IST
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More than 200 Tamil Tigers have been killed since the Sri Lankan government decided to scrap the Norwegian-brokered ceasefire agreement with the LTTE two weeks ago.

The six-year-old Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) would formally end on Wednesday following the culmination of the notice period. "We are bracing for any kind of attack from the LTTE and have already killed 200 tiger militants ever since the decision to abroagte the CFA was taken," military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said.

According to official figures as many as six army troops lost their life in clashes during the last 14 days when the decision to terminate the CFA was taken. In intense clashes on Monday at least 22 militants were killed in sporadic clashes in Parappakandal at the North-western Mannar defences, security sources said.

Clashes occurred as troops forced into LTTE territory in Northern Sri Lanka in a multi-pronged offensive using heavy artillery, mortars and multi-barrel rocket fire, the defence ministry said quoting the security sources.

While nine militants were killed in Parappakandal, as many as 13 of them were gunned down in Paraiyanalkkulam in the region. Meanwhile, the Pro-LTTE website Tamilnet said the LTTE operations command in Mannar had claimed that the tigers thwarted a major push by Sri Lankan Army in Parappakandal on Monday.

The LTTE claimed that at least 30 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed and more than 100 wounded in yesterday's clash at Mannar, the Tamilnet said.