Jets pound suspected LTTE base amid fighting

July 8th, 2008 - 9:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, July 8 (IANS) Amid reports of sporadic clashes between the advancing government troops and Tamil Tiger guerrillas, Sri Lanka’s air force bombed a suspected rebel training base Tuesday, officials said. “The air force launched two successive air raids targeting LTTE logistic facility in Paranthan (in the north). The first attack was launched around 10.15 a.m while the other around 1.30 p.m.,” the defence ministry said.

Details of the damages caused were not immediately known.

According to the ministry, two soldiers were killed and another was wounded at Arasadikulam in Vavuniya Tuesday when the troops confronted with a group of cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

“The army foot patrol was along the Arasadikulam-Gandhinagar route when a group of terrorists directed small arms fire killing two soldiers instantly. Soldiers mounted counter attacks at the terrorists forcing the group to flee the area,” the ministry said.

In a separate report, the defence ministry said at least 18 Tamil Tigers and two soldiers were slain and over 30 wounded in sporadic clashes Monday in the Vavuniya, Mannar and Weli-Oya battle theatres.

“The security force personnel engaged in counter terrorist offensive operations are inching further towards LTTE areas, inflicting damages to the enemy,” it said.

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