|Heavy casualties hit LTTE,
The military yesterday claimed that the LTTE had lost 256 LTTE
cadres within the last week alone during several operations in
the Northern Province, raising the total number of cadre deaths
to 3,173 for this year alone.
Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told The Nation
that apart from the dead, more than 414 LTTE cadres were injured
last week during fierce fighting in Muhamalai, Kilaly and Madhu
The security forces have also suffered during the operations,
with some 85 troops dead and some 212 injured last week.
A total of 144 soldiers who were injured following the attacks
were admitted to the National Hospital, Colombo and Sri
“Nearly 3,173 LTTE cadres, out of the estimated number of the
total 5,000 LTTEers, have been killed by the security forces to
date,” Nanayakkara added.