Forces take control of Dharmapuram
Security Forces took control of one of the LTTE’s biggest townships,
Dharmapuram while capturing the Tiger’s fifth air strip which merged
with the dense jungle in the East of Iranamadu following intensive
Military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said troops of the 58 division
poised to liberate the Vanni, launching multi-prolonged attacks regained
Dharmapuram on Thursday afternoon; one of the biggest townships in the
Paranthan-Mullaitivu road and 15km east of the A-09 road.
He said troops attached to the 58 division pushing further into
Mullativu inflicted another setback on the LTTE cadres by capturing
Dharmapuram. He said troops confronting stiff LTTE resistance, inflicted
heavy damages to the Tiger cadres. In a subsequent search operation,
troops recovered six bodies of the LTTE along with four T56 assault
rifles, an MPMG weapon, two LTTE dog tags, an I-com set, a motorcycle
and other items. Brigadier Nanayakkra said troops attached to the 632
Brigade (18 Vijayaba Regiment and 20 Sinha Regiment) located an LTTE air
strip on Wednesday evening East of Iranamadu tank adjoining the old
In Airstrip around 1,100 metre long and 40 metre wide inside the
dense Iranamadu jungle was captured by the Task Force-3 following
intensive fighting yesterday noon,” he added.
Brigadier Nanayakkara said the LTTE runway was surrounded by massive
bunker lines and trenches, as well as laid with landmines and booby
“A hanger was also found in the vicinity which was damaged by fleeing
LTTE cadres,” he added.
The Troops’ thrust to regain the entire Vanni region from the LTTE
pushed the LTTE further from their defence lines following a series of
confrontations in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts on Tuesday.
Brigadier Nanayakkara said over 400 civilians escaping from LTTE
clutches had reached the Omanthai entry/exit point yesterday.