Saturday, July 12, 2008

SLAF jets strike at LTTE bunker line: damages to machinery - Mullaittivu

SLAF fighter jets launched precision air sorties at an identified LTTE bunker line, Saturday (July 12) located 3.5 km, south of Thunukkai in Mullaittivu, at around 7a.m.

"A bulldozer was confirmed destroyed and few other heavy machinery damaged in the air raid, Spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said citing fighter pilots.

According to defence sources, terrorists were undergoing heavy construction work in the site at the time of attack.

12 LTTE terrorists killed, 19 wounded in Wanni battles

At least 12 LTTE terrorists were killed, 19 wounded and 15 others reported either killed or seriously injured at the Wanni battlefront on Friday (July 11), during confrontations with security forces.

According to finalized military reports, 5 terrorists were killed and 13 others wounded in confrontation ensued between troops and LTTE at the Vavuniya battlefront. In addition 9 soldiers also had received injures in the confrontations. The clashes were reported from general areas at Maruthamadu, Ilamaruthankulama, Ampaddankulama, Paleiveddimodai, Naddankandal and Navvi.

Meanwhile, a soldier sustained injuries during an anti-personnel (AP) mine explosion in general area Puthukkamam at around 1.40p.m.

At the Welioya battlefront, in general area North of Kiriibbanwewa troops engaged in clearing operations removed 267 AP mines and 10 IEDs, according to reports. Separately, troops killed 7 LTTE terrorists, injuring 6 others during confrontations ahead of LTTE defences at Kiriibbanwewa and Janakapura areas. 6 soldiers were also wounded in the clashes, security sources said.

Also troops engaged in clearing operations at Dangeliyadda general area, Batticaloa removed 30 AP mines, security sources further added.

Army elite troops have raided an enemy bunker located 3 Km east of Vidattaltivu last morning, July 11.

Army elite troops have raided an enemy bunker located 3 Km east of Vidattaltivu last morning, July 11.

According to the available information, troops attacked an enemy bunker around 9.20 a.m, and ground troops confirmed at least 4 terrorists were killed in this attack. One T-56 weapon also found in subsequent search operation conducted in the area.

Two security forces personnel also sustained injuries in this attack.

Two LTTE strongholds fall to troops - Vavuniya front

Security forces personnel engaged in counter terrorist offensives made another major breakthrough capturing two more LTTE strongholds in Vavuniya front this afternoon, July 11.

Despite the heavy resistance, the troops in 57 division approached towards LTTE territory and captured the Naddankandal area while the troops in Task Force 2 captured Navvi area in the same front, defence sources said.

Fierce gun battles between LTTE terrorists and security forces took place during past few days in these areas and the troops were fighting through the resistance to capture these LTTE strongholds, sources added.

The offensive operations to liberate Wanni continues.

LTTE terrorists ambush passenger bus; 4 civilians killed, 25 wounded

At least 4 civilians were killed and 25 others reported wounded when LTTE terrorists opened fire at a passenger bus plying from Monaragala towards Kataragama, at the 49th mile post along the Buttala-Kataragama main road, Friday (July 11), at around 10:15 a.m.

The injured civilians were initially rushed to the hospital at Kataragama and later 19 of them were transferred to the General hospital in Hambantota, the Kataragama hospital sources said. Two females and a 12-year old child (Madushanka) were also among the victims killed in this attack and their bodies have been laid at the hospital, sources further said.

A civilian has also succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit, Hambantota hospital sources said, adding that more civilian casualties are being received at the time of reporting.

"A group of LTTE terrorists hiding along the Buttala- Kataragama road near Galge raked the passing civilian bus (NA 3655) with gunfire," military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said, speaking to media. "The bus driver has sped through the ambush and stopped after reaching safety," the spokesperson was quoted further saying.

Security forces are engaged in extensive search operations in the area, defence sources said.

LTTE is a ruthless terrorist organization fighting for a mono ethnic separate homeland for the Tamils in Sri Lanka since 1983. During 3 decades of its bloody terror war against Sri Lankan citizen it has killed tens and thousands of innocent civilians in village massacres, bus bombings, train bombings, suicide bombings, and etc.

Indonesian sentenced for aiding LTTE

A retired Indonesian Marine Corps general has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for trying to funnel weapons to LTTE terrorists, web based news sources said.

Federal prosecutors say 61-year-old Erick Wotulo conspired with three other men to export machine guns, surface-to-air missiles and other military hardware to the Tamil Tigers. The LTTE is been designated as a terrorist organization by the US State Department in 1997.

Wotulo pleaded guilty to conspiring to aid LTTE and money laundering. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison and three years of supervised release, and deported after his prison term ends, media reports added quoting Federal prosecutor.

Also convicted in the scheme were another Indonesian, Haji Subandi, a Singaporean, Haniffa Bin Osman, and a Sri Lankan, Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa. Subandi was sentenced to three years and one month in prison, and Varatharasa received a four-year, nine-month sentence. Osman is scheduled to be sentenced in August.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wanni liberation in progress ; 32 terrorists killed in yesterday's clashes

Finalized military reports received from the Wanni battlefronts indicate that 32 terrorists were killed , 43 wounded and 3 more were either killed or wounded in yesterday's (July 10) offensives. Also, 4 soldiers were killed and 21 suffered injuries during these operations.

On the Vavuniya front in the Wanni theatre of operations, troops had series of clashes in the Palamodai, Naddankandal, Navvi, Ampaddankulam, and Panankamam areas during the day. Ground sources claimed that 16 terrorists were killed and 23 were injured during these incidents. Also, 3 soldiers were killed and 16 suffered injuries.

On the Welioya front, troops had daylong clashes with LTTE in the North of Kiriibbanwewa and North of Janakapura areas and claimed 6 terrorists were killed, 14 wounded and 3 more were either killed or wounded. Also, one soldier was killed and 3 injure.

On the Mannar front, troops attacked LTTE positions in the South of Vedithalthivu and Puliyankulama, areas and claimed 10 terrorists were killed and 6 wounded. 2 soldiers suffered injuries due to anti personnel mine explosions in the Thirukethiswaram area during morning hours.

Limited offensives are being continued.

8 LTTE terrorists killed, 10 wounded in Vavuniya clashes

8 LTTE terrorists were killed and 10 wounded, Wednesday (July 9) as fighting continued throughout the day between troops and LTTE at Palamoddai, Vavuniya according to MCNS reports.

The confrontation broke out at 7:00 a.m., Wednesday and continued throughout the evening till 4, at Palamoddai, the sources said, adding that no damages were caused to own troops. Meanwhile, during subsequent search operations conducted in the area troops uncovered 682 T-56 ammunition rounds, 2 x hand grenades and few ration packets, MCNS further reported.

10 LTTE terrorists killed, 6 wounded in Mannar

At least 10 LTTE terrorists were killed and 6 others reported wounded during separate clashes erupted between troops and LTTE, Wednesday (July 9) south of Vedithalthivu at the Mannar battlefront.

According to reports, 6 terrorists were killed in general area Puliyankulama, when troops forced into 2 LTTE bunker defences with small arms and RCL fire at 6a.m.

Separately, troops mounted similar attacks at 3 LTTE bunker defences located south of Vedithalthivu, as military reports confirmed killing 4 terrorists and injuring 6 others in the offensive lunched at around 6.45 a.m.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Troops attack terror bunkers, LTTE body found - Welioya front

Troops operating in Welioya front attacked and captured 4 LTTE bunkers located in general area north of Kiriibawewa last morning, July 8. During the fierce gun battle sparked between troops and terrorists, 3 LTTE cadres were killed, intercepted radio communication confirmed. 2 more LTTE terrorists were also suffered injuries, sources further confirmed.

In a subsequent search operation conducted in the area, troops found a body of an LTTE cadre killed in this battle. Two T-56 weapons, one radio communication set, an identification tag and a cyanide capsule were also found during this search operation.

LTTE boat destroyed in SLAF attack off Mullaittivu coast

SLAF fighter jets launched precision air strikes at an LTTE boat movement detect one kilometer off the coast of Mullaittivu this morning (July 9) at 8.
An LTTE boat was destroyed in the attack, Air Force Spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said, adding that few other vessels were also believed damaged during the air sortie.
Further, citing intercepted LTTE communication, the Spokesperson said that, 2 LTTE self styled 'majors' were killed and many others injured in the simultaneous air strikes launched at a high profile LTTE gathering point at Vaddakkachchi in Kilinochchi district on Sunday (6).

Limited operations continue at Wanni and North; 38 terrorists killed

Military offensives continued at the Wanni and Northern battle theaters, Tuesday (July 8) as troops claimed killing 38 LTTE terrorists while injuring over a dozen others, security sources report.
According to finalized military reports, LTTE losses at the Vavuniya front accounted to 21, in addition to 9 SLA injuries. The skirmishes between troops and LTTE were reported from general areas at Navvi, Periyavalayankaddu, Palamoddai, Vedamakilam, Adampankulama, Periyamadhu and Iruvil, sources said. 6 soldiers received injuries due to IED explosions, while 3 others were reported wounded in anti-personnel mine explosions at general areas Iruvil and Navvi, in Vavuniya.
Meanwhile, at the Mannar battlefront, troops claimed killing 9 LTTE terrorists and injuring 4 others. 2 terrorists were killed sniped in general area Puthukamam by SLA, while 3 were reported killed and 2 injured in a confrontation with troops in the same area.
4 other terrorists were also killed and 2 wounded during clashes with troops, Tuesday West of Parapukadanthan, security sources report.
In the Welioya front, troops forced into LTTE defence lines killing 8 terrorists, injuring 7 others, North of Janakapura and Kiriibbanwewa, security sources said. According to the same sources, 12 soldiers were also wounded in the clashes with LTTE.
At the Jaffna front in Kilali, 2 soldiers were injured due to an AP mine explosion, at around 3.45 a.m.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Wanni operation continues; 18 terrorists killed, over 30 injured

Security forces personnel engaged in counter terrorist offensive operation inching further towards LTTE areas inflicting damages to the enemy. The finalized military report received from the battlefront said that 18 terrorists were killed while 29 others suffered injuries in yesterday's (July 07) clashes. 6 more terrorists were reportedly either killed or wounded, the report further said.

Troops capture LTTE strong point - North of Janakapura

Infantrymen of Sri Lanka Army operating under 59 division yesterday (July 7) captured an LTTE strong point located in the Mulaithiuvu jungle.

According to the defence sources, troops advancing towards the area North of Janakapura came across this strong defensive position of the LTTE located about 10 km inside the jungle around 9.30 am.

Troops launched an attack and captured the enemy position after beating off the terrorists. According to the sources, 3 fortified bunkers and 3 trenches were found in the strong point. During the search, troops also found 2 hand grenades.

Later, radio-monitoring units confirmed that a terrorist was killed and 4 others wounded during this incident. Troops suffered no casualties.

SLAF raids LTTE logistic base - Paranthan

Sri Lanka Air Force launched two successive air raids targeting LTTE logistic facility in general area Paranthan today, July 08.

According to the Air Force sources the first attack was launched around 10.15 a,m while the other around 1.30 p.m. targeting the LTTE logistic base located 3Km south-west of Paranthan by the supersonic fighter jets.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Key LTTE gathering point raided by SLAF jets- Kilinochchi

SLAF fighter craft launched precision air strikes at a high profile LTTE gathering point in general area Vaddakachchi in the non-liberated Kilinochchi district this evening at 3.30.

According to defence sources, the air raid was taken based on real time ground information received.

Vaddakachchi is located approximately 8km Northeast of the Iranamadu Tank.

19 LTTE terrorists killed, 27 wounded in Wanni clashes

At least 19 LTTE terrorists were reported killed and 27 other wounded during fighting broke out between troops and LTTE at the Wanni theater of battle yesterday (July 5).

According to reports received, troops have also removed 184 anti-personnel mines during separate search operations conducted in general areas at Parasankulama and North of Janakapura, in Vavuniya and Welioya fronts.

At the Vavuniya battlefront, 12 terrorists were killed, 18 others reported wounded in fighting erupted in Echchalakkai, Ampddankulama, Naddankandal. Moddai, Palamoddai and Navvi general areas.

Meanwhile, at the Mannar front, troops claimed that 3 terrorists were killed during separate clashes with LTTE in Puttukulama, Eachalaraklai general areas. 2 solders also received injuries during the confrontation, according to reports.

On the Welioya battlefront, military claimed that 4 LTTE terrorists were killed and 9 others wounded on Saturday.

LTTE's Michael Base falls to Army - Welioya

Troops operating under Army 59 division yesterday (July 4) captured an LTTE base called "Michael Base", said the defence sources on the Welioya front. According to the sources, the LTTE camp is one of the strategic satellite bases of the LTTE's main "One Four Base" Complex situated inside the Mulaithiuvu jungle.