Forces smash LTTE defences in North
30 Tigers killed, 35 bunkers destroyed:
The Security Forces in the North continuing with humanitarian
operations marked another victory by capturing the Muhamalai, Nagarkovil
and Kilali Forward Defence Lines of the LTTE destroying 35 Tiger bunkers
and killing 30 LTTE cadres and injuring many others yesterday morning.
The 53 and 55 Brigade Divisions launching the operation to liberate
the LTTE controlled areas in the Northern front launched a fierce attack
on the LTTE manning FDL's in Muhamalai, Nagarkovil and Kilali.
"Around 12.45 am the Security Forces advanced from their FDL's in the
Muhamalai area and smashed the LTTE bunkers in their first attack",
Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said.
Addressing the weekly security news briefing the Brigadier said
troops stormed the LTTE's first bunker lines and engaged the Tiger
cadres forcing them to flee the area.
"In the pre-emptive attack the Security Forces overran 35 Tiger
bunkers, physically 20 bunkers were destroyed and around 20 LTTE cadres
killed ", he told the media.
The LTTE withdrew to the second FDL's and the Security Forces
advanced on this too forcing the LTTE to flee the area.
The Security Forces launched another attack on the LTTE’s second FDLs
in Muhamalai and Nagarkovil with T55 tanks and destroyed 10 LTTE bunkers
while killing 10 Tiger cadres.
“Vehicles of the fleeing Tiger cadres with their injured were also
fired at by the Security Forces. LTTE communication intercepts confirmed
that 10 LTTE cadres were killed in the skirmishes”, Brigadier
He pointed out that it was a great and remarkable victory achieved by
the Security Forces in the Jaffna peninsula.
The Security Forces had returned to their lines after their victory.
In a subsequent search operation troops recovered a 60mm mortar bomb,
an RPG and a large stock of ammunition. Seven soldiers sustained
injuries were admitted to hospitals.
Air Force Wing Commander Andrew Wijesuriya said the Air Force fighter
jets pounded the LTTE Field Headquarters located 2km away from south of
Muhamalai FDL’s yesterday around 8.20 am.
“The target was accurate and precise and the air raid was carried out
following ground intelligence sources and air base surveillance. The
pilots confirmed the target was hit and destroyed completely”, he added.
Brigadier Nanayakkara urged the public to be vigilant since the LTTE
had planned to carry out attacks by disguising their men as ice cream
vendors. “We have reliable information that the LTTE cadres are planning
to carry out an attack posing off as ice cream vendors and we are asking
the public to be extra vigilant,” he said.