Tigers severely hit as troops continue forward march
LTTE attempt to overrun Army FDL repulsed

Fierce 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 positions in support of the troops. The fleeing Tigers had taken their injured cadres to Kilinochchi, he said.

LTTE internal communications, intercepted by the armed forces, found a call going out seeking blood donations for their injured.

The Army captured the area on both sides of the A-9 road and was now in control of the road on the North and East, Director Media Centre for National Security Harris Hulugalle said. The strength of the security forces in the North had been fortified with the recent attacks on enemy positions, he added.

The Navy and SLAF were also monitoring the movements of the LTTE in the North and all escape routes from their positions had been cut off. The forces were continuing with search operations, he said.

Hulugalle said the intelligence services had received information that the LTTE would resort to acts of violence in the South to divert the attention of the armed forces as the LTTE had suffered a number of defeats in the North during the last several weeks. However the Civil Defence Force and the police had been alerted to this situation to prevent such acts.

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