Apr 11, Colombo: A clash between Sri Lanka security forces and suspected Tamil Tiger terrorist operatives in Vavuniya area in the north has reportedly killed four people including an Army soldier.
The security forces in a search operation for the wanted LTTE suspect Gopi had clashed with suspected LTTE operatives Thursday night in the Nadunkarni area of Vavuniya, local Ada Derana reported.
Reportedly an Army Lance Corporal has been killed in the clash and was taken to the Padaviya hospital.
Three LTTE operatives had also been killed in the clash, Derana report said. It has not yet been revealed whether Gopi was one of the LTTE suspects killed.
Sri Lankan security forces are searching for the wanted criminal and LTTE suspect, Kajeeban Ponniah Selvanayagam alias Gopi, also known as Kasiyan, who has returned to the country after fleeing overseas at the end of the war.
According to intelligence reports Gopi has returned to the island and attempting to revive the defeated terrorist organization in the North.
The suspect shot and injured a police sub inspector on March 13th when a police team went to the residence he was hiding in Dharmapuram, Kilinochchi to apprehend him.
Sri Lanka police have offered Rs, 1 million for any information that leads to Gopi's whereabouts.
The Army has yet to be confirmed the deaths at last night's search operation. The Military Spokesman, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya has told Ada Derana that he was awaiting confirmation of the reports from the Army.