Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sri Lankan military battle tank destroyed in north: LTTE

The Tamil Tiger rebels Tuesday claimed to have destroyed a main battle tank of the Sri Lankan Army during a clash with advancing government troops close to their forward defences in the northern Jaffna peninsula.

'A Sri Lankan Army tank was fully destroyed at Muhamalai Forward Defence Line (FDL) Tuesday morning around 7.30 a.m. when Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) anti-tank unit confronted the army soldiers who attempted to break the Tiger FDL,' pro-LTTE Tamilnet website reported, quoting LTTE sources.

'The Sri Lankan Army has sustained heavy casualties in Muhamalai,' the Tigers said, giving no details of their own casualty figures.

The LTTE's fresh claim comes in the wake of escalating clashes between the advancing government troops and the fighting formations of the LTTE in the northern Wanni, Jaffna and northwestern Mannar region, leaving thousands of combatants killed and wounded over the past year.

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, however, denied the latest claims by the rebels and said that 'the military have never used battle tanks in these areas'.

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