Colombo, Feb 19: Sri Lanka army claimed that they killed atleast 53 LTTE rebels in fierce clashes in the north and captured a strategic rebel stronghold. The soldiers of 58 Division of the Lankan Army took over Puthukkudiyiruppu West which is located about 18 miles from Parantham.
This town is the last stronghold of remaining LTTE enclave. Army also arrested about 10 LTTE cadres including one women and handed then over to Vavuniya police for further probe. Troops also recovered the rebels bodies along with weapons. Fierce battle is on between the army and LTTE cadres causing severe damage to the outfit in Udayakattu area and Puthukkudiyiruppu West on Thursday, Feb 19.