Four top LTTE commanders were among 30 rebels killed as Sri Lankan troops beat back a massive Tamil Tiger counter attack in Pudukudiyirippu,the last town held by them in the embattled north.
After repulsing the Tiger attack last night,troops in retaliatory action wrested more areas from the rebels confining them now to 21 sq kms out of which 20 sq kms forms the ‘No-Fire Zone’.
The troops killed senior LTTE leaders Varada Annan,Kadar,Sooriyan and Eelawan in the attacks as they pushed back the rebel attack on their forward lines in Iranaippalai in which 30 militants were killed, Army spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said.
Security forces recovered five dead bodies of rebels including three females along with a vehicle,a communication set and T-56 weapons after the clash,the spokesman said.
Defence Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters that the LTTE is now restricted to 21 sq kms out of which 20 sq kms formed the No-Fire Zone.
Tamil Tigers also sustained damages in the clashes in Pattikkarai and Thevawetti area yesterday,the army said.
Tigers fighting their last battle in Pudukudiyirippu attacked the troops after sending their frontline best cadres on Wednesday with the intention of preventing the advance of the troops towards the east of the region, it said.