Troops enter final phase in Thoppigala
THOPPIGALA: Troops engaged in the humanitarian mission to
liberate the last bastion of the LTTE in the East have entered the final
phase of the battle in Thoppigala by engaging in clearing operations in
the jungle terrain bordering Narakamulla and Tharavikulam Tiger bases,
Military sources said yesterday.
"Troops are engaged in search operations along difficult jungle
terrain in Narakamulla and Tharavikulam in the Thoppigala jungles," the
Media Centre for National Security said yesterday. According to field
Commanders in the Thoppigala battle front Commando Troops supported by
the 6, 7 and 8 Gemunu Watch advanced towards Tiger strongholds in
Narakamulla and Tharavikulam removing boobytraps and anti- personnel
mines set by the fleeing Tiger cadres.
"During search operations in the last three days, troops recovered
472 anti-personnel mines, 12 pressure mines, 12 pressure mines and five
anti-tank bombs in camps abandoned by the terrorists," a MCNS spokesman
Troops have also taken control of the Pankudaweli- Narakamulla road
and the Sittandi-Periyamadu road. According to Field Commanders, Tiger
cadres are now in total disarray and facing a severe shortage of food as
their supply routes have been cut off by the troops engaged in the
Many of the Tiger cadres trapped in the Thoppigala jungle are fleeing
the Thoppigala jungles abandoning their camps disregarding the orders of
the leaders seeking safe haven in the Wanni but face their death at the
hand of the Security Forces on constant vigilance.However, Tiger cadres
have been encouraged to surrender to the Security Forces advancing
towards the Tiger strongholds.
According to the MCNS, Security Forces during the operation have
found 19 motorcycles, six double cabs, four vans, nine canters, 15
trailers, seven tractors, 40 hand grenades, 472 anti personnel mines,
two bowsers, one scrapers, 15,000 T-56 ammunition.
"The troops engaged in the battle are poised to take control of more
square kilometres of terrain within the next few days," a field
commander in the Thoppigala battle front told the Daily News.