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17 LTTE militants killed, rebels claim 26 soldiers dead in Lanka

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Dec 12, IRNA
Sri Lanka-LTTE-Gun Battle
Heavy gun battles between Sri Lankan security forces and LTTE militants on Wednesday left at least 17 Tamil Tigers dead, while rebels claimed they killed over two dozen soldiers in island nation's embattled north.

"The Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) attempted a large-scale two-pronged push into the LTTE administered areas at Paalakkuli and Adampan in Mannar district yesterday," the Tamil Tiger rebels said in a statement claiming that 26 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed in overnight clashes in northern parts of the country, PTI reported here.

"At least 20 SLAF soldiers were killed and 75 others were wounded in this confrontation," it said, adding three Tigers were also killed in the fighting.

However, the Media Center for National Security said as many as 16 soldiers were injured during clashes at Adampan.

It said two incidents of armed hostilities between army troops and LTTE militants in the general area of Muhamale on Wednesday left five rebels dead.

In another incident, the troops recovered 550 anti-personnel mines during a search operation at Narakamulla in Batticaloa yesterday, it said.

According to the LTTE, two security personnel were killed and six wounded when the troops made a futile attempt to get near Adampan from Manthai.

In another incident, heavy fighting last night led to the killing or wounding of at least 12 LTTE militants in the northern lines, the army said.


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