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News


12 Tigers killed in STF attack

By Dharisha Bastians
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 officials said.
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.