6:04 PM

Security News

LTTE terrorist yesterday (May 18) made an abortive attempt to halt the army advance on the Mannar front by attacking the Nadunkandal army deployments. According to military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara the terrorist launched heavy mortar fire around 1.40 pm. One soldier was killed in this incident. Later, the terrorists attacked the army defence around 3 pm. Troops gave an effective retaliation killing 11 terrorists and forcing the others to withdraw, he said. 4 soldiers suffered injuries in this incident, he added.

Troops forced into terrorist defences in the Vavuniya front yesterday (May 18) as sporadic clashes were reported between troops and LTTE in Periyamadu, Palampiddi, Palamoddai and Mundimurippu general areas , security sources said. Eight LTTE terrorists were killed in addition to 5 soldiers who have laid their lives during the confrontations, on Sunday. Four soldiers were also reported wounded including two due to an AP mine explosion in general area Palampiddi.