Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters attacked five police outposts along Mannar-Mazda route, injuring five police officers. The attacks originated early morning today.
It is believed that the LTTE did not want to capture territory as the attacks were carried out in a hit-and-run style. Madawachchiya-Mannar route has been used several times by the LTTE to smuggle explosive items in to government controlled areas and the police posts have been useful in detecting such attempts.
Madawachchiya-Mannar road was recently re opened to facilitate transportation to pilgrims who wished to attend the Madhu festival. Both parties had agreed to a temporary ceasefire in the are till the religious festival is over.