Fall of Sea Tiger base imminent
MANNAR: Fierce fighting continued yesterday south and east of
Vidathalthivu as the 58 Division troops and Commando troops surrounded
the biggest Sea Tiger base on the Western coast, in North Mannar as the
LTTE cadres struggled to defend this tactically important Sea Tiger Base
which they controlled for the last two decades.
The troops continued the military thrust on the Sea Tiger base
surrounding it from the south and west directions and cutting off all
supply routes leading to Vidathalthivu, ground sources told the Daily
News last night.
“The LTTE had vacated some locations in Vidathalthivu by last evening
as they felt the area was being surrounded by the troops,” Army
Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka told the Daily News.
The Army Commander was confident that the entire Sea Tiger base would
fall to the troops by Wednesday afternoon.
The troops attached to 58 Division engaged in a major thrust on the
Vidathalthivu Sea Tiger base from the south while Commando troops
supported by infantry troops attached to the 582 Brigade advanced into
the area from the Eastern direction.
Ground sources also said that many Tiger cadres started fleeing
further north of Vidathalthivu after loading their belongings into
trucks as troops advanced into the territory.
Ground sources also confirmed that heavy damage has been caused to
the LTTE as the fleeing Tiger cadres were targeted by long range
artillery guns of the Security Forces.
Troops have also been able to capture a section of A-32 road during
these confrontations further advancing from 12th Mile post.
The troops attached to the 58 division under the command of Brigadier
Shavendra Silva continued the military thrust on the Vidathalthivu Sea
Tiger base after completely capturing the Mannar ‘Rice Bowl’ area.