Soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) deployed in the Mannar front confronted a group of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Chettiyarkatteiadampan, Mannar today (3rd) morning. 6 bodies of LTTE cadres killed in this battle have been recovered by the troops. This incident followed a pre dawn clash in Northern Adampan in which four more LTTE cadres were shot dead by the troops. 1 soldiers was killed and 6 more received injuries in these two incidents.
Meanwhile LTTE detonated a roadside claymore mine targeting two STF personnel riding a motorbike along Kebithigollewa-Vavuniya road. Both have received serious injuries in the explosion. Another claymore mine explosion which was triggered today in Padaviya damaged a high capacity power line.
The two claymore explosions follow a similar blast in Weli-Oya yesterday (2nd) which resulted in the death of 1 SLA soldier. LTTE has stepped up its artillery and infiltration attacks in this sector due to the continued pressure mounted by operations of the army's 59th division. LTTE has fired a large number of artillery shells on both military and civilian property in the Weli Oya region for the past two weeks. Nearly 40 soldiers have received injuries due to these artillery attacks.