Northern war front: Land battles, air attacks continue

At least 20 Tamil Tiger rebels, and three soldiers were killed in sporadic firefights in the Mullaitivu district as Government forces continued to advance further into the LTTE stronghold in the Wanni sector, military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said.

He added that another nine soldiers were also wounded in the fighting that occurred south of Tunukkai in Mallavi late this week.

Meanwhile an LTTE radar position and a boatyard were taken out in sorties carried out by Air Force M1 24 helicopter gunships at Nagatevanturai east of Pooneryn, Brigadier Nanayakkara said.

He added that in a separate incident on Saturday morning the Air Force attacked and destroyed an LTTE intelligence gathering base at Puthukkudiyiruppu and a rebel supply route at Mallavi. Pilots had confirmed direct hits, he added.

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