Oct 16, 2007 (AFP) – At least six government troops were killed when Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a military position inside Sri Lanka’s main wildlife sanctuary, military officials said Tuesday. The bodies of the six men were found at first light Tuesday following an overnight attack on an army detachment inside the Yala National Park in the southeast of the country, military officials said.
“We have found the bodies of six soldiers this morning and a search operation is now underway,” an official in the area said by telephone. “Reinforcements have been deployed.”
There were no reports of casualties among those involved in the assault on the military detachment at Thalgasmankada, an area where the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are known to have carried out attacks in the past.
Officials said there were no foreign or local tourists inside Yala at the time.
The authorities were planning to reopen the park on Tuesday.
There was no comment from the LTTE, which has been fighting since 1972 for autonomy in the island’s north and east in a conflict that has killed thousands and displaced hundreds. .