At least 56 Tamil Tiger rebels were killed while 87 more were injured in a fierce battle on the island’s north. The troops had gained a further two km of stretch of the rebel defense bund in the Kilinochchi district. The Task Force 1 and the Army’s 57 division were successful in capturing the rebel bund created as part of their defenses to stopthe military advance into Kilinochchi, the rebel administrative headquarters.
Some 10 soldiers were killed while 47 others were injured. Meanwhile four large Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) boats had been destroyed in an air raid afternoon in the Mullaithivu district. Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu remain as the last two LTTE bastions on the island after the military scored a series of victories in the battle field against the rebels who have been fighting the government troops to set up a separate Tamil homeland.