SL jets pound LTTE boats; 12 Tamil Tigers killed
As thousands of trapped Tamil civilians continue to flee the war zone, Sri Lankan troops mounted heavy pressure to overrun Tigers' last positions and in a heavy battle at least 12 LTTE cadres were killed.world Updated: Feb 14, 2009 18:32 IST
As thousands of trapped Tamil civilians continue to flee the war zone, Sri Lankan troops mounted heavy pressure to overrun Tigers' last positions and in a heavy battle at least 12 LTTE cadres were killed.
The government forces used fighter jets to attack LTTE suicide boats, which were seen on the beach north of Mullaittivu this morning, Air Force spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said, adding the boats were destroyed in the strikes.
The Defence Ministry said Sri Lanka Army troops, who were poised to wrest control over the remaining LTTE enclaves, continued to target the outfit strongholds yesterday.
In Eastern Batticaloa, troops after a confrontation with LTTE cadres in Hinguruwinna area recovered two bodies and an assortment of military items during a search operation after the incident.
Sri Lankan armed forces have rescued 2684 Tamil civilians from the LTTE grip in Wanni during 24 hours ending yesterday, the defence ministry said.
With this over 35,000 Tamil civilians have moved into the government controlled areas till now out of 250,000.
According to the battlefield reports, troops attacked LTTE strongholds located north of A-35 road (Paranthan- Mullaittivu) in the Kuppilankulam area and found five bodies of Tamil rebels along with five T-56 riffles.
First Published: Feb 14, 2009 18:26 IST