B. Muralidhar Reddy

SLAF claims to have bombed rebel storage depot

COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan military on Sunday said that 31 cadres of the LTTE and nine of its troops were killed in continuing battles along the Forward Defence Lines (FDLs) in the north even as the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) claimed to have bombed an ‘LTTE logistic storage depot’ five km west of Pudukkudiyirippu in Mulaithivu district.

Air Force spokesperson Wing Commander Andrew Wijesooriya said the air sorties were launched around 4.30.p.m. “The enemy target had been under constant surveillance and the latest air reconnaissance information has revealed intensified activities in the area,” he said.

In a statement, the Defence Ministry also claimed that over 40 LTTE cadres were wounded in Wanni. It said nine soldiers died in clashes in Mannar, Vavuniya and Welioya on Saturday.

The Ministry claimed that in Mannar, 20 LTTE cadres were killed and as many injured during sporadic fighting ahead of LTTE defences at Nedunkandal and Pulliyankulama.

It said one LTTE fighter was killed in Vavuniya while three soldiers were reported wounded. “Army infantrymen have made successful forward thrusts into LTTE defences in Palamoddai and Palampiddy,” the Ministry said.