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LTTE hits SL army camp near Sampur

The shelling, which killed a soldier, came a day after LTTE withdrew from Sampur, reports PK Balachandran.

india Updated: Sep 05, 2006 19:59 IST

A day after it withdrew from Sampur in the face of heavy bombardment by the Sri Lankan forces, the LTTE on Tuesday fired artillery shells into the nearby Selvanagar army camp, killing one soldier and wounding four others.

The Sri Lankan Army said that the LTTE maintained an artillery barrage from 7 am to 8 am. The army returned the fire, forcing the LTTE to stop.

According to military observers in Colombo, the LTTE was probably trying to show that it still had artillery pieces and could fire on army camps near Sampur.

The Sri Lankan defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella had said on Monday, that the government forces had neutralised the LTTE's gun positions in Sampur, and that the rebel cadres had fled the town.

But LTTE watchers like Iqbal Athas said that the LTTE had removed its guns before quitting the town.

Analyst DBS Jeyaraj said that the guns had been moved to Vaharai and Verugal, further south on the border between the Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts.

First Published: Sep 05, 2006 19:59 IST