96 LTTE rebels killed in Sri Lanka: military

April 4th, 2009 - 11:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, April 4 (IANS) Sri Lankan troops killed 96 Tamil Tigers in close-quarter ground battles Saturday, as fighting in the last rebel strongholds in the island’s northeast intensified, a military official here said.
Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said the troops mounting attacks on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from several directions in Mullaitivu district had inflicted heavy damages on the rebels in terms of both men and material.

“At least 96 LTTE dead bodies and a haul of weapons, including a 130 mm long-range artillery gun, have been captured by the troops so far today from Puthukkudiyiruppu and Puthumathalan areas,” Nanayakkara told IANS.

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