The LTTE in the face of defeats on the Mannar front continued its hit and run tactics targeting isolated policemen in different parts of the island.
A policeman who was shot at while on duty at the police post at the 38 kilometre post on the Buttala-Kataragama road succumbed to his injuries on admission to the Buttala hospital.
In another incident yesterday in the east around 6.05 a.m. a police commando was injured in Rufuskulam in Kandikudichchiaru. Military suspect that he was shot by an LTTE sniper.
Around 7.45 a.m. yesterday three police constables were injured when a grenade lobbed by a Tiger cadre, exploded at the police post in the Menik Farm area on the Medawachchciya-Mannar road.
Confrontations between the Army and the LTTE continued on the Vavuniya front yesterday. Seven LTTE cadres and two soldiers died in the attacks. Three were injured. According to Brigadier Nanayakkara troops recovered two claymore mines, four detonators, three detonator cords and a 10 metre long wire in a subsequent search operation conducted in Karavipuliyankulam in Vavuniya.
Five LTTE cadres died and 21 injured in fighting in the Welioya front, he said. One soldier died and another was injured.
In Mannar and Muhamalai two soldiers were injured in clashes with the LTTE. Troops recovered 436 Anti Personnel Mines (APM) and 23 booby traps in a search operation while in Periyamadu in the Palampidi area the army recovered 41 APM`s, two boxes of C-4 explosives and an anti tank mine. Palampidi which is 8 km north of Madhu was captured by the troops during the weekend. Tigers have abandoned the area.
Nanayakkara said that in Nedunkandal in Mannar two LTTE attacks on the army Forward Defence Line were thwarted by troops. A Tiger bunker line in the same location was destroyed.