Heavy fighting in Iranapalai-Sri Lanka
Battlefront report on yesterday's (17 March) military offensive against LTTE terrorists indicated heavy defeats to them as troops advanced further into LTTE hiding areas with the falling of strategically vital Iranapalai junction in Puthukkudiirippu.
According to the reports, infantrymen of 11 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (11 SLLI), 7 Sinha Regiment (7 SR), 10 Gajaba Regiment (10 GR), 9 Gemunu Watch (9 GW), 12 GR, 8GR and 20 GR continued the advance and strengthen their defenses in Inarapalai east amidst heavy LTTE resistance. However, troops were able to inflict maximum damages to the LTTE, battlefront sources confirmed citing intercepted terror communication channels.
Following the clashes ensued since last morning troops found 10 bodies of LTTE cadres, 22 x T-56 riffles, 12 x radio communication sets. Further, the snipers deployed in the forward defences confirmed 3 LTTE terrorists were killed yesterday.