killed in fresh battle: MCNS
Fifteen LTTE cadres and three policemen
were killed in two separate incidents in the northeast
yesterday in an escalation of violence after a lull
of more than a week, the official news centre said.
The LTTE cadres were killed when they
tried to attack the police post at Pullumalai in Batticaloa,
the Media Centre for National Security said. Two STF
personnel also suffered minor injuries.
The STF had received information in
advance that the LTTE was planning to attack the post
at dawn yesterday and had moved into the area and lay
In the ensuing gun battle, 15 LTTE
cadres were killed and one was injured. Three of the
dead and the injured cadre were taken away by the retreating
LTTE attackers .The STF has recovered 12 bodies and
11 T 56 rifles, 32 magazines with live ammunition, 19
anti-personnel mines and three communication sets.
The bodies are to be handed over to
the LTTE through the ICRC. Meanwhile, in another incident
at Salambaikulam in Vavuniya, three policemen were killed
in a claymore mine blast while they were on a route
clearing patrol yesterday morning, the MCNS said.