17 terrorists killed, over 35 wounded: Troops force into LTTE
defences in Welioya
At least 17 terrorists were killed and more than 35
wounded on Sunday (June 8) as Army infantry and armour battalions
forced into LTTE bunker positions located North of Janakapura and
Kiriibbanwewa at Welioya during a multi-pronged offensive launched since
the morning hours.
According to military reports, troops have
gained total control over 5 LTTE strong points surrounding the LTTE's
strategic 'one four base', despite heavy resistance by LTTE, Wanni
Meanwhile, 7 valiant soldiers have laid their lives in
addition to 19 others who were reported wounded, Military Spokesperson
Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said. A soldier is also reported missing, the MCNS said, adding that troops have also found an LTTE terrorist
body and warlike materials during a subsequent search operation
conducted in the area. A T-56 assault riffle, 01 multi-purpose machine
gun (MPMG) with two ammunition links and 02 T-56 riffle magazines were
also recovered in the search operation, according to MCNS.
Heavy fighting is continuing as Army infantrymen
continue to march forward backed by concentrated artillery and mortar
fire at identified LTTE positions, military sources asserted. Scores of
terrorist bodies were also observed scattered ahead of the bunker
defences, sources said citing ground troops.