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Prabhakaran’s limousine found

The 58 Division troops engaged in search and clear operations in the area in the North East Puthukudiyiruppu yesterday recovered a bullet proof limousine confirmed to have been used by Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran close to a luxury air-conditioned bungalow inside the one Square Km terrain surrounded by the Security Forces on Wednesday.

Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told the Daily News that the luxury bullet proof car was recovered along with four more burnt cars closer to the luxury house.

Security Forces recovered these vehicles yesterday evening during the search and clear operations conducted in the North East of Puthukuduyiruppu, he added.

“Losing Tiger cadres, having lost all hopes for a last-minute salvation, have vandalized and set ablaze all the five cars, including the chauffeur-driven limousine, believed to have been used by top-rung Tiger leaders,” the Brigadier added.

The General Officer Commanding the 58 Division Brigadier Shavendra Silva told the Daily News that there were strong indication that Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman were inside that terrain surrounded by the troops on Wednesday.

“They have hastily retreated from the area once they got the news that troops were going to surround that area,” Brigadier Silva added. Brigadier Silva said the luxury house was yet to be cleared by the troops as it has been infected with trappings set by the fleeing Tiger cadres.

Heavy fighting raged in that area as the troops of the 58 and 53 Divisions surrounded the area on Wednesday. The 58 Division troops engaged in search and clear operation in that terrain have recovered 45 Tiger bodies inside this terrain during the search and clear operations conducted yesterday.

Earlier they recovered 21 Tiger bodies and 60 T-56 weapons.

Brigadier Silva said that some more cadres are fighting inside this one square km terrain as they have no chance to escape from the area.

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