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LTTE continues mortar attacks aimed at Omanthai

VAVUNIYA: The Omanthai entry/exit point remained closed amid sporadic mortar attacks by the LTTE yesterday. ICRC personnel at the checkpoint also withdrew. Over 20 LTTE cadres were killed and many more others injured since Wednesday in east of Madhu, Vavuniya.

According to Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe six more LTTE cadres bodies killed in the Madhu area were handed over to the Vavuniya hospital yesterday.

“The Security Forces repulsed the LTTE mortar and artillery attacks killing over 20 LTTE cadres and injuring many others since Wednesday in Madhu area,” the Brigadier told the Daily News.

He said Omanthai entry/exit point remain closed due to the LTTE sporadic artillery attack.

“We have requested the ICRC officials to negotiate with the LTTE to stop attacking the Omanthai entry/exit point in order to allow the civilian movement and food items and other commodities for the civilians needs,” he added.

The LTTE faced heavy damages and severe defeat in Vanni. “In the last four months more than 541 LTTE cadres were killed and many others injured in the Vanni area,” Brigadier Samarasinghe pointed out.

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