The LTTE on Monday made an abortive bid to regain Ilanthiven on the Mannar front. Their assault ended in disaster with the loss of at least 26 cadres when the army repulsed their attack at around 9.30 a.m. on Monday. Earlier, troops captured Ilanthiven in the wee hours of the morning. `LTTE radio intercepts revealed that a large number of women cadres were killed and injured in the confrontation,` the Media Centre for National Security said adding that even the names of those who have been killed in the confrontation are in the hands of the army.
In the confrontation, the army lost one soldier and 13 were injured.
Meanwhile, troops advanced further into the LTTE held territory yesterday North of Giant tank and captured an area of around 500-600 metres in Sinnaodippu, Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said. Four Tiger cadres were killed and three injured.
Twenty civilians who fled Veditalaitivu, their native place, yesterday surrendered to the Pallimunai Naval Detachment the around 7.15 a.m., MCNS said. `There were two families and eight others in this group,` it said.
Another family of eight, which fled Valaipadu, an area North of Veditalaitivu, surrendered to the Pesalai Naval Detachment yesterday, the MCNS said.
The Navy has seen to the welfare of those who surrendered and they have been handed over to the relevant authorities and have been sent to IDP camps in the respective areas. They will be either be re-settled in a different area or moved to an area where their relatives live and which is not under LTTE control, the Navy said.