Friday, November 21, 2008

LTTE desertions surge as Northern fighting escalate

Desertions among LTTE terrorists are reported on the surge as security forces stepped-up offensives at the Northern lines of defence at Muhamalai since Saturday (16). According to intercepted LTTE communication, at least 26 terrorists, 2 north of the A-9 road and 24 others south have reportedly deserted the outfit on Thursday (20).

The ground situation has worsened for the LTTE triggering uncertainty among its ranks with the 53 and 55 Divisions mounting continuous artillery and heavy mortar attacks, security sources said.

Meanwhile, troops of the 57 Division operating northeast of Akkarayankulam in Kilinochchi have reportedly captured a stretch of an earth bund cum ditch constructed by LTTE on Wednesday (19). Heavy fighting ensued between troops and LTTE with the breakout of close quarter gunfire exchanges at separate locations North of Akkaraynakulam, security sources said. Full text