Forces advance continues in Mannar
COLOMBO: The troops operating in the Mannar battle front yesterday
advanced further in to Tiger territory on three fronts from
Thiruketheeshvaran, Uyilankulam and Palakkuli amidst stiff resistance
from the LTTE, a senior Army official told the Daily News.
“At least 15 to 20 Tiger cadres were killed in these confrontations,”
the official added.
Troops for the first time advanced further North of
Thiriketheeshwaran and took a nearly 800 metre stretch under their
control during a two-day battle on Saturday and Sunday.
In Uyilankulam sector troops captured a stretch of more than one
kilometre close to the Uyilankulam tank bund area.
Meanwhile, Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said Air
Force fighter jets carried out an air strike targeting a Tiger base used
by area leader yesterday morning on information provided by ground
The LTTE base is located some five kilometres north of Giant Tank, in
Parappakandattan. “This is believed to be the base of the Mannar area
We are yet to receive confirmation about the damages caused to the
LTTE base in the air strike,” he added.
Many senior level cadres are now leading the ground cadres with a
large number of their middle level cadres killed within the past two
Heavy fighting also erupted in the Vavuniya front in Mullikulam,
Periyapadivirichchan and Koilmadu on Saturday.
More than 20 Tiger cadres were killed in these confrontations.
Meanwhile, eight bodies of Tiger cadres killed in Weli Oya on
Saturday were due to be handed over to the LTTE through the ICRC in
Troops captured this LTTE strong point on Saturday morning around 7
a.m. and recovered eight T-56 weapons, three hand grenades and two
communications sets along with the eight bodies.