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59 Tamil Tigers killed in Lanka clashes

world Updated: Oct 04, 2008 00:13 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times
59 Tamil Tigers killed in Lanka clashes

At least 59 Tamil Tigers and two soldiers were killed when the Sri Lankan air force (SLAF) struck at the heart of Kilinochchi town, the Tamil Tigers’ administrative and political hub, on Friday. SLAF also claimed to have bombed the offices of two top separatist leaders.

Two waves of successive air strikes hit the office of Nadesan, the chief of the political division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The air force did not comment on whether he was present in the building during the attack.

It also claimed that fighter jets bombed the headquarters of Pottu Amman, the LTTE intelligence chief, about 4 km west of Kilinochchi town.

The LTTE did not immediately react to the claims.

The pro-LTTE website Tamilnet, however, confirmed that SLAF's Israeli-made Kfir fighter aircraft had bombed the Tamil Eelam police office deep inside Kilinochchi town.

This was the first time in the ongoing current waves of attacks that the Sri Lankan armed forces have successfully attacked important LTTE offices.

In ground clashes, security forces killed three LTTE cadres in Kottukulam, north of Morawewa in Trincomalee today, the ministry said.

Continuing with their march towards Kilinochchi, the troops moved further north across the east of Akkarayankulam on Thursday, it said.