Saturday, July 19, 2008

Wanni liberation operation continues; 17 terrorists killed, over 40 wounded

Security forces personnel engaged in counter terrorist offensive operation to liberate Wanni region inching further towards LTTE territory inflicting damages to the enemy. The finalized military report received from the warfront said that 17 terrorists were killed, 19 suffered injuries and 23 reportedly either killed or wounded due to the yesterday's clashes. 19 soldiers also reportedly received injuries, the report added.

In Jaffna theatre of battle, army snipers deployed in Nagarkovil front gunned down an LTTE terrorist ahead of the defence line.

In Wanni theatre, Vavuniya front clashes between LTTE terrorist and troops reported in Pandiyankulam, Navvi and Palamoddai areas. In several confrontations reported in the Navvi area, 8 terrorists were killed while another 11 suffered injuries, the report stated. 8 soldiers also received injuries due to these clashes.

Meanwhile, in a separate confrontation reported in Palamoddai area, intercepted terror radio communication revealed that an LTTE cadre was killed while another wounded. Separately, an army soldier suffered injuries exploding an anti-personnel mine in general area Pandiyankulam and was admitted to the military hospital in Ampara.

In Mannar front, 6 soldier reportedly injured exploding a booby trap in Kuruniadi and Kaddadivayal areas.

In Welioya front, 7 terrorists were killed and 8 more suffered injuries due to a chain of clashes reported in north of Janakapura and Kiriibbanwewa areas occurred yesterday. 23 more terrorists were reportedly either killed or wounded. 4 soldiers also suffered injuries during these clashes. Meanwhile, 20 anti-personnel mines laid by the terrorists have been removed by the troops in mine clearing operations in Janakapura area.

Offensive operation to liberate Wanni region continues.

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'Troops could take back all territory occupied by LTTE' says Canadian paper

The Vancouver Sun in a news feature said, that the Sri Lankan government at the year's end can achieve its goal of capturing all territory occupied by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam( LTTE).

The newspaper said since 2006 the government troops have had, a steady succession of victories aiming at this target.

The news feature by Jonathan Manthorpe said, the offensive launched two years ago by Sri Lankan government forces against Tamil Tiger rebels took on new momentum in the past few days with the capture of a key rebel naval base.

The Canadian newspaper said, the government troops took the port town of Vidattaltivu on Sri Lanka's northwest coast after heavy fighting. The port has been a base for the Tamil Tigers' small boat navy and is an important entry point for arms and other supplies smuggled in by the rebels, mostly from India across the Palk Strait, the newspaper added.

It said, Government forces swiftly consolidated their hold on Vidattaltivu and pursued Tamil fighters northwards, attacking them with air force bombers and helicopter gunships.

Since the collapse of the 2002 ceasefire and peace process brokered by Norway, and the resumption of all-out civil war in 2006, government forces have had a steady succession of victories, the newspaper declared.

The Vancouver Sun quoted officers describing the capture of the port as a "fatal blow" to the Tigers, which is fighting the government of Sri Lanka since 1983. About 70,000 people have died in the fighting and terrorist attacks by Tigers, who have targeted politicians, officials, journalists and civilians, usually in the capital, Colombo, the newspaper further reported.

Since the collapse of the 2002 ceasefire and peace process brokered by Norway, and the resumption of all-out civil war in 2006, government forces have had a steady succession of victories. Colombo's military now controls northeastern Sri Lanka, in part because of the defection of a local renegade Tamil Tiger commander known as "Karuna."

The Tamil Tigers invented the suicide bomb and have counted Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa and former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, among their victims.

Terrorist attacks by Tigers in the past few weeks include the machine-gunning of a civilian bus in which 24 people were killed, and the assassination of the highways minister, it further reported.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Victorious march continues; 18 terrorists killed in clashes in Wanni and North

Multi pronged offensives at LTTE defences in the Wanni and Jaffna continued yesterday (July 17) leading Sri Lankan armed forces further closer to their final objective. According to the finalized military reports received from Wanni and Jaffna battlefronts at least 18 terrorists were killed, 27 wounded and 22 more were either killed or wounded. Also, 4 soldiers laid down their lives on the battlefield, one reported missing and 9 others bore wounds during these battles fought to liberate the motherland.

Two consecutive air raids targeting LTTE heavy weapons and boats - Mullaittiuvu

Sri Lanka Air Force carried out two consecutive air raids targeting LTTE heavy weapon deployment and LTTE logistic boats in the Mullaittiuvu lagoon area this morning, July 18.

Air Force spokesperson, Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara, speaking to defence.lk said that SLAF fighter jets raided LTTE's heavy weapon deployment in 2km west of Mullaittiuvu lagoon around 6.10 a.m.

Further speaking he added that the second air bombardment carried out around 6.20 a.m targeting 3 large-scale LTTE logistic boats at Mullaittiuvu lagoon. Citing the pilots, spokesperson confirmed that 2 boats were completely destroyed while the other is still in flames.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wanni operation in progress; 22 terrorists killed over 45 wounded

Following a significant victory over the LTTE terrorists by capturing the LTTE's main sea tiger base in the western coast, army troops continuing their offensive march further into LTTE dominated areas inflecting damages to the enemy, the finalized military report received from the battlefront said. 22 terrorists were killed, 33 wounded and 15 others reportedly either killed or wounded due to the clashes reported in Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar and Welioya theaters of ballet yesterday, July 16, the report stated.

SLAF raids LTTE gathering - north of Vidattaltivu

Sri Lanka Air Force MI-24 helicopter gun ships raided an LTTE gathering in general area Iluppaikkadavai, 5Km north of Vidattaltivu, this noon, July 17.

The Air Force spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara speaking to defence.lk said that the close air support mission to support ground troops was launched around 12.15 p.m observing a gathering of the LTTE cadres by the air surveillances continuously conducting in these areas.

By monitoring the LTTE radio communication following the bombardment, it is observed that terrorists have asked for more vehicles to evacuate their casualties, the spokesperson added.

As the soldiers of Army Task Force 1 and Commando Brigade operating on the Mannar warfront liberated the strategically important Vidattaltivu in last morning, July 16, the LTTE terrorist have started to withdraw towards Iluppaikkadavai, North of Vidattaltivu, defence sources in Mannar said.

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Capture of Vidattaltivu, a Remarkable victory - Army Commander

Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka yesterday called the capture of Vidathalthivu was a remarkable victory for the Security Forces as the LTTE had lost its "biggest Sea Tiger base in the Western coast". Speaking to media, he said that the Terrorists must have never thought that they will lose Vidattaltivu as they developed strong defenses in Vidattaltivu while fighting in Mannar.

"They never thought that they will lose Vidathalthivu two weeks after we captured the 'Green Bowl' in Mannar", he added.

Speaking further , the Army Chief revealed that troops are now advancing towards Illuppakadavai, the next Sea Tiger base in the Western coast, in order to restrict Sea Tiger activities further in the Gulf of Mannar. The capture of Vidattaltivu and Illuppakadavai will be a great help to the Navy as operations from in the Mannar islands will be facilitated in a big way, he further said.

"Therefore, the loss of Vidattaltivu will be a great disadvantage to the LTTE", the Army Commander said. He added that once Illuppakadavai falls, troops can move towards Vellankulam, the Northern most boundary of the Mannar district.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Vidattaltivu Liberated; terrorists suffer fatal blow

Gallant soldiers of Army Task Force 1 and Commando Brigade operating on the Mannar war front liberated the strategically important Vidattaltivu town this morning (July 16). Vidattaltivu is the largest town situated on the North- Western coast of the Island, 20 km North of Mannar and used by the terrorists as their main Sea-Tiger base cum logistic hub in the West.

Wanni Operation reaches decisive stage ; over 50 terrorists killed in yesterday's clashes

The noble mission undertaken by Sri Lankan armed forces to liberate Wanni region from the terror clutches reached a deceive stage yesterday (July 15), as soldiers of army Task Force 1 along with commandos commenced attacking the strong Vidattaltivu terror defence, on the Mannar front. Troops liberated the Vidattaltivu town this morning (June 16) and have already commenced their march towards Iluppakadawelii.

Air Force pounds withdrawing terrorists - North of Vidattaltivu

Sri Lanka Air Force launched air strikes at the terrorists who were withdrawing towards North of Vidattaltivu this afternoon (July 16). According to the Air Force sources, MI 24 helicopter gunships attacked at two LTTE boats detected 4 km North of Vidattaltivu around 1 PM and claimed to have sunk both boats.

Meanwhile, Air Force fighter jets pounded regrouping Sea-Tiger cadres at an LTTE camp located in the Vallaipadhu area, 40 km North of Vidattaltivu around 3.30 PM. Fighter pilots have confirmed heavy damages to the terrorists, the sourced added.

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Sri Lanka denies involvement of Sri Lanka Navy in the killing of two Indian fishermen

The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to reports in the Indian media alleging that two fishermen from Nagapattinam on the south Indian coast were killed while fishing off Point Calimere on 11th July 2008, due to firing by the Sri Lanka Navy. A third fisherman is alleged to have suffered injuries in the same incident.

Anti-LTTE raids in Melbourne reports 'The Australian'

Director of a business college arrested on FBI's request:

Australian Federal Police (AFP) have arrested, at the request of the FBI, a director of a Melbourne business college believed to be linked to the Tigers over alleged terrorism offences in the US.

At least 30 terrorists killed: Fighting erupts at Vidattaltivu

At least 30 terrorists were reported killed Tuesday (July 15) evening, at the embattled western coastal LTTE foothold in Vidattaltivu, Mannar as elite Commando troops mounted heavy artillery and multi-barrel rocket (MBRL) fire after detecting a large LTTE land movement towards Illuppaikkadavai, military said.
According to Wanni security reports, heavy damages were caused to the fleeing terrorists approximately numbering 60. Also, the 58 division troops led by Brigadier Shavendra Silva continued offensive advances into LTTE defences and is said positioned within striking distance of the LTTE western coastal bastion at Vidattaltivu.
Troops have also been able to capture a section of A-32 road during these confrontations further advancing from 12th milepost, security sources further added.

LTTE abducted Tamil youth seek protection with security forces- Trincomalee

Two Tamil youth reported abducted by LTTE and forced to labour have fled the outfit and sought protection with the Uppuveli Police in Trincomalee, today (July 15) at around 5.30p.m.
The youth identified as Manikkarasa Diresh Mohan(28) and Balasubramanium Partheepan (22), have reportedly fled from the LTTE after experiencing unprecedented hardships in the jungles of Kuchchaveli, south of Pulmoddai. The two were residents in general area Muttur before been abducted by elements of the terror outfit on 12th June, 2006, Uppuveli Plice said citing a surrendered.
According to statements given, the youth were forced to labour for the LTTE and also made to prepare cooked meals for its fighting elements. "We were forced to work against our will and life was a hellhole with them", a youth said recalling his exasperating experience with the LTTE.
The Uppuveli Police is conducting further investigations.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

MI-24s raid LTTE gathering point - Vedithalthivu

SLAF Mi-24 helicopter gun-ships raided an LTTE gathering point Tuesday(July 15), located 1km North of Vedithalthivu, Mannar at 3p.m.

The air strikes were launched supporting advancing ground troops at the Mannar front Air Force Spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said, adding that intensified LTTE activity was reported from the area.

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LTTE sustains heavy damages: 18 killed, 14 wounded in yesterday's clashes

Security forces made further inroads towards the last LTTE bastions at Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu jungles despite heavy resistance from terrorist elements Monday (July 14), as troops confirmed killing 18 terrorists, injuring 14 others during the clashes reported from the Wanni and Northern battlefronts.
According to reports, an LTTE terrorist was killed in a SLA sniper attack at Muhamalai, while a soldier was also reported wounded during an AP mine explosion in the same area. Separately, 3 soldiers have laid their lives and another reported wounded during a confrontation with terrorists at Nagarkovil general area in Jaffna.
At the Vavuniya theater of battle, 10 LTTE terrorists were killed and 3 injured, while 10 other terrorists were believed either killed or wounded in the confrontations, yesterday. Heavy fighting was reported between troops and LTTE in general areas at Palamoddai, Navvi and Ampaddankulama in the Vavuniya front, as troops said 2 soldiers were also wounded in the clashes.
Following a search operation conducted in general area Nithyangar, Vavuniya troops have uncovered a 10kg weighing claymore mine security sources said.
At the Mannar front, an LTTE terrorist was reported killed in general area Puthukkamam, according to military reports. In general area Shanthipuram troops had uncovered 4 cans of acid which were kept to be sent into the non-liberated areas, security sources added.
Separately, at the Welioya theater of battle security forces confirmed killing 6 terrorists and injuring 11 others during battles ensued between troops and LTTE in general areas North of Janakapura and Kiriibbanwewa. In addition a soldier was reported killed and 13 others injured during the confrontations.
Also, troops while conducting search operations in general area Kirirbbanwewa have uncovered 24 AP mines and 5 IEDs, security sources said. According to the same sources 35 terrorists were either killed or wounded in the confrontations at Welioya.

11 LTTE terrorists killed - Mannar front

According to a military report received from the Mannar battlefront this evening (July 14) 11 terrorists were killed and 10 others wounded when the troops launched attacks targeting LTTE bunker defences in general area Karalmoddai in two separate occasions during the day hours today.
In the first attack launched around 8.25 a.m in Karalmoddai, ground troops confirmed 6 terrorists were killed while 4 suffered injuries. The other attack reported around 9.30 in the same area claimed 5 more LTTE cadres while injuring 6 others, the report said.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Wanni operation continues; 19 terrorists killed, over 35 wounded

Security forces personnel engaged in offensive operation to liberate Wanni killed 19 LTTE terrorists and injured 20 more in yesterday's (July 13) clashes reported in Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar and Welioya fronts. 17 more terrorists reportedly either killed or wounded, the finalized report received from the forefront said.

Army Attacks LTTE defences South of Vidattaltivu; 7 terrorists killed

Troops operating under Task Force 1 attacked LTTE bunker defences located in the Karaimoddai and Periyavilankuli areas in the South of Vidattaltivu at several instances this morning (July 13), the defence sources said.
Troops commenced their assault by pounding a bunker compound located in the Periyavilankuli area, 2 km South of Vidattaltivu around 8.10 AM. Ground troops claimed 3 terrorists were killed in the incident.
Separately, troops attacked a fortified bunker line manned by LTTE terrorists in the Karaimoddai area at two instances. In the first attack that took place at 9.30 AM troops claimed 2 terrorists were killed and in the second one that took place at 10.45 AM troops claimed 2 more terrorist were killed. Also, in the same area a soldier suffered injuries due to an anti personnel mine explosion around 10.45 AM.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Army elites capture 2 LTTE bunkers; 7 terrorists killed in clashes in Mannar

Sri Lanka Army elites launched an attack at two well-fortified bunkers manned by LTTE terrorist in the Palaiveddnmoddai area, 7 km East of Vidattaltivu around 11.30 this morning (July 13), said the defence sources on the Mannar battlefront.

The soldiers have captured the two bunkers crushing down the fierce retaliation by the terrorist and later observed remains of 7 of LTTE cadres killed in the battle , the sources further said. Five bodies of the slain LTTE cadres have been recovered by the soldiers and action would be taken to hand them over to the LTTE through ICRC, the sources added.

More information will follow as the search operation is in progress

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Wanni operation continues ; 13 terrorists killed yesterday's clashes

Reports released by the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) on yesterday's (July12) military operations in the Northern battlefronts indicate that 13 terrorist were killed, 25 others injured. Also, a soldier was killed and 7 others suffered injuries during these battles.