Sri Lanka Army says truce underway despite rebel attack 2009-04-13 16:52:57   Print

    COLOMBO, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's military Monday said here that the two-day truce in the northeastern battlefront got underway Monday despite the Tamil Tigers firing a shell and killing a soldier.

    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has fired a mortar shell and killed a soldier in sniper attack, military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkarasaid.

    Nanayakkara said the forces did not retaliate. "The LTTE has fired one mortar shell wounding one soldier and killed another soldier in a sniper attack in Puthukudiyiruppu area this morning, but we have not retaliated.

    He said but for these two incidents battle field remained calm. All offensive operations by the troops remained halted in terms of the 2-day truce ordered by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse.

    The President ordered his troops to only act in self-defense on 13 and 14 April in view of the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year festivities.

    Sri Lanka has urged rebels to give up and free civilians they are holding.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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