Troops advance from all directions:
Fall of Kilinochchi imminent
Fleeing Tigers cornered
The fall of Kilinochchi is imminent within the next 48 hours as
Security Forces have already entered the Kilinochchi town from the
South, West and North of Kilinochchi, Army Commander Lt. General Sarath
Fonseka told the Daily News yesterday.
The Security Forces engaged in the Vanni liberation operations
speeded up their advance towards the de-facto Tiger capital Kilinochchi
from all fronts from the South, West and North after Task Force -I
troops completely captured and consolidated their positions in
strategically important Paranthan junction by yesterday morning.
He said the Task Force I or the 58 Division under the command
Brigadier Shavendra Silva immediately after consolidating their position
in Paranthan started their advance towards Kilinochchi from the East and
West of Kilinochchi
“The Task Force I troops are operating just one kilometres short of
Kilinochchi railway station”, the Army Commander added.
Troops attached to 10 Gajaba Regiment under the Command of Major
Udaowita and 11 Sri Lanka Light Infantry battalion under the command of
Lt. Colonel Kithsiri Ekanayake are advancing towards Kilinochchi from
the East of A -9 road whilst troops attached to 12 Gajaba Regiment under
the command of Major Saliya Amunugama and 6 Gemunu Watch battalion under
the command of Lt. Colonel Kamal Pinnawala are advancing towards
Kilinochchi town from the West of A-9 road.
Meanwhile, troops attached to 57 Division also advanced towards the
heart of Kilinochchi from the South and West directions.
The 574 Brigade under the command of Lt. Colonel Senaka Wijesuriya
fully captured the strategically important Iranamadu junction in the
South of Kilinochchi opening another gateway to Kilinochchi. “They have
advanced beyond the Iranamadu junction and are fast advancing towards
the heart of Kilinochchi”, the Army Commander added.
As troops advancing towards Kilinochchi from all fronts, troops
observed the way LTTE cadres are fleeing from the area loading their
stuff in vehicles.
The 572 Brigade under the command of Colonel Dhammika Jayasundera and
571 Brigade under the command of Lt. Colonel Harendra Ranasinghe are
advancing towards the centre of Kilinochchi from the West and South West
direction and are operating closer to the A-9 road
“There are signs that the LTTE will flee from Kilinochchi as troops
advance towards the heart of Kilinochchi.
But troops will have to engage in fierce battles in areas such as
Ramanathanpuram in the east of Kilinochchi”, the Army Commander added.
As of yesterday they have completed more than 60 per cent of their
Kilincochchi mission giving early signs of fall of Kilinochchi within a
days period as the troops are aggressively advancing towards the heart
of Kilinochchi in all fronts without leaving any room for the LTTE to
operate there. The only option now available for the LTTE is to flee
towards the jungle patches in Puthukuduiruppu and Vishvamadu in the East
of Iranamadu tank but will be once again cornered in this jungle terrain
as 59 Division troops are advancing towards Puthukuduiruppu from the
West of Mullaitivu after their consolidated their positions in the
Fierce battles erupted in the West of Mulliyavali as troops closed in
on to the Tiger airstrip there.