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Sri Lankan Army faces heavy resistance from LTTE

[PTI, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 13:26 No Comment]

Sri Lankan troops’ forward march against the LTTE has been slowed due to heavy resistance by the Tamil Tigers who are battling to save their last stronghold Pudukudiyiruppu, even as 22 rebels were killed in fierce clashes.

Fierce confrontations were reported in north of Kombavil as troops of 58 Division advanced into the LTTE’s last stronghold, Puthukudiyiruppu yesterday, reports received from the battlefront said today.

LTTE cadres were putting up stiff resistance in Pudukudiyiruppu apparently to save their stronghold from falling into the hands of Army.

Military sources said scores of LTTE cadres were killed and many wounded.
Sri Lanka’s advances have also been slowed down due to the presence an estimated two lakh hapless civilians in the Wanni area in northern Lanka.

During search operations, troops have found bodies of eight LTTE cadre, the defence ministry said, adding arms and ammunitions were also recovered from their posession.

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