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39 LTTE cadres killed, Tigers' grenade factory seized

world Updated: Feb 12, 2009 14:23 IST

At least 39 Tamil Tigers were killed in the fierce clashes with the advancing Sri Lankan troops even as army seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition besides a grenade factory and a printing press of the LTTE, officials said on Thursday.

Security forces captured a highly fortified Tiger camp located in Sinna Villu area northeast of Kuppilankulam in Mullaittivu on Wednesday, the Defence Ministry said.

During search operations, troops found a body of an LTTE cadres and a huge cache of arms and ammunitions, it said.

Meanwhile, troops had fierce day-long clashes with the Tiger rebels in the Tamarankulam area.

Security forces subsequently found four bodies of LTTE cadres, five T-56 riffles, two claymore mines, six electrically operated mines, and one radio communication set.

Tamarankulam is a remote area located about 5 km north of A-35 and 3 km west of Chalai lagoon near Elephant pass.

Snipers deployed in the forward areas confirmed shooting down of 23 LTTE militants at various locations in the Wanni on Wednesday, the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said.

Separately, the troops inflicted damages on the LTTE cadres during confrontations throughout the day on Wednesday in Puthukudiruppu area in Mullaittivu, it said, adding troops too have sustained minor damages.