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72 soldiers killed, 243 injured
[24 Apr 2000] By Norman Palihawadana (The Island 23/04/2000)

72 soldiers including Brigadier Percy Fernando were killed while 422 were injured in the confrontation between the LTTE and the security forces south of Elephant Pass.

Security sources said that about 150 Tigers were killed.

"About 300 Tigers had come in tractors and opened fire on the army using automatic artillery. A leading captain of the LTTE is now under the custody of the army," sources said.

Air Force launched attacks by MI-24 and KFIR crafts on LTTE positions located south of Elephant Pass.

Meanwhile Northern Commanding Officer Major General Janaka Perera instructed army officers about new war strategies.

Army Commander Sri Lal Weerasooriya also visited the war front.

Senior army officers did not make any statement regarding the re-capture of the Elephant Pass South area by the LTTE.

Security sources said damages were caused on both sides in the fights after the re-capture of the area by the LTTE.

Eastern Province Tigers also have joined the fight, sources said.

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