fighting broke out, between Government troops and the LTTE at
Muhamalai, south of Jaffna, yesterday resulting in the Army gaining
500 meters of enemy territory. Defence spokesman Brigadier Udaya
Nanayakkara told The Island that 52 LTTE cadres were killed and
over 100 injured in the battle that was sparked off when the Tigers
attempted to overrun the Military front lines in the area.
He said 15 soldiers died and 74 were injured, in the attack launched
by the LTTE at 5.30 a.m. Troops used small arms, mortars and tank fire
to repulse the attack.
The Air Force attacked LTTE ...
Despite claims by the Ministers and senior government officials that
there was no shortage of rice, the wholesale traders in Colombo put up
their shutters yesterday (23) afternoon claiming they had no rice
stocks to sell. Picture shows two shops, one empty and another closed,
with the porters sitting on their carts as they had no work. Retail
businessmen who went to the Fourth Cross Street had to go back empty
handed. Pic by Gamini Munasinghe
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