At least 48 Tamil Tiger rebels and a soldier were killed in a series of gunbattles in Sri Lanka's strife-torn north with the army today claiming to have a captured a major LTTE base after three days of fierce fighting.
At least 17 LTTE cadres were killed as troops on Friday captured LTTE's "Michael Base" in north-east Welioya, the defence ministry said, adding forces attacked Tamil Tiger rebels along northern front lines in the Jaffna, Vavuniya, Welioya and Mannar regions.
According to the sources, the LTTE camp is one of the strategic satellite bases of the rebels' main "One Four Base" complex situated inside the Mulaithiuvu jungle in the north.
Troops marching towards North of Janakapura, into Mulaithiuvu, succeeded after three days of fierce fighting, the ministry said.
The structure of the base extends over 200 square metres that includes several underground bunkers.
In other clashes, troops killed an LTTE cadre and wounded two others in a confrontation, it said adding six LTEE rebels were killed and five others injured in an encounter at North Kiribbanwewa area in Welioya.
The army also captured a LTTE bunker after injuring eight tiger rebels in the region, it said.
A soldier was wounded while on duty when an anti personnel mine exploded in Ampaddankulam area in North-western Mannar yesterday, the ministry said.
Two LTTE cadres were killed and another injured by troops in the same area later in the day.
Meanwhile, two tiger rebels were shot dead when troops launched an attack in Kiriththivu in Mannar yesterday, the military said.