|12 Tigers killed in STF
The security situation in the north -east continued to be
volatile yesterday after the LTTE launched ground and sea
attacks against military targets, military officials said.
The elite Special Task Force launched retaliatory attacks on
Tiger cadres that attacked a camp in Pillumalai in the Ampara
District, killing 12 rebels, a STF media spokesman told The
Nation. More rebels had been killed, the STF said, although the
bodies had been dragged away by fleeing cadres.
The LTTE attacked the camp on the early hours of yesterday (30),
the spokesman said adding that the STF had recovered the bodies
of the killed rebels and their weapons during a search operation
following the clashes.
According to the STF between 25-30 rebels attacked the
Pillumalai camp at 5 a.m. yesterday. Intelligence reports had
indicated that the LTTE was preparing for a massive onslaught on
the Pillumalai camp, prompting authorities to prepare for
defensive action in the area. The camp had also come under LTTE
mortar fire in the last two or three days, STF officials said.
Meanwhile, in Vavuniya last morning, three policemen were killed
in a claymore mine explosion on the Mannar-Vavuniya Road during
a duty patrol.
The explosion took place at 8:35 a.m. yesterday, military
Off the Kayts sea in the Jaffna peninsula at 10:30 p.m. on
Friday members of the Sri Lanka Navy’s Special Boat Squadron
intercepted a LTTE vessel with four members on board, heading
towards Kayts from Velanithurai, naval officials said. The sea
battle which lasted between 15-20 minutes, ended in the capture
of the Tiger vessel and the death of all crew members on board.
According to naval officials, 02 bodies had already been
recovered while the search was still on for the remaining cadres
who had fallen into the sea. The Special Boat Squadron recovered
the boat and all its equipment, weapons and ammunition. Naval
personnel recovered T-56 SMGs, claymore remote controls, 12 40
mm grenades and several other weapons and dry rations on board
the rebel boat. Both cadres whose bodies were recovered wore
cyanide capsules around their necks, a naval official said.