The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) base in Thalladi, Mannar came under a heavy LTTE artillery attack today morning. 6 SLA soldiers have been killed and another 12 have been wounded in the attack.
St. Sebastian's church which adjoins the SLA base too was hit by artillery fire. According to our sources the church has been heavily damaged. SLA retaliated the artillery barrage using its own heavy guns stationed in several bases in Mannar region, after which the tiger artillery fire subsided.
Meanwhile heavy fighting raged along the Wanni FDLs yesterday when the Sri Lanka Army advanced from Nedunkandal, Siripurama in Mannar front (58th division), Kalikulama, Udayanagakulama, Periya-Pandivichchan and Mullikulama in Vavuniya front (57th division) and from the Weli-Oya front (59th division). Operations went on as planned in both Mannar and Vavuniya fronts however the Weli-Oya attacks saw relatively high causalities being incurred to SLA. 10 soldiers were killed and nearly 30 others were injured when the army overran 12 bunkers in LTTE's forward defence line in the region. Bulk of the SLA casualties were due to IEDs(Improvised Explosives Devices), landmines and mortar attacks.
More than 30 LTTE cadres are reported to be killed during yesterday's fighting and an unknown number are said to be injured.