Saturday, July 26, 2008

Madhu statue returns

Little would one believe that a religious statue could signify a major turning point in a protracted battle between the State and a terrorist organisation.

Yet the return of the much venerated statue of Our Lady of Madhu to the rapidly expanding Government held territory in the North earlier this week, signified the growing weakness of the LTTE, especially in enforcing its writ in the areas already liberated by the Security Forces or would be very soon.

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LTTE cadres lose faith with the leadership, three surrenders to Army

Three LTTE cadres surrendered to the Army on Thursday (July 24) at two different locations on the Wanni battlefront. According to the defence sources , two Tamil youth had surrendered themselves in the Mallavi area while the other on the Welioya front.

The two surrendered at Mallavi were residents of Jaffna while the other surrendered at Welioya was from Gampola area, the sources said.

According to the sources, All threes surrendees had stated that the LTTE is at its last legs and many of its cadres are waiting for an opportunity to seek protection with the security forces. The surrendees were handed over to the police in order to direct them for rehabilitation , the sources added
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LTTE should disarm before talks -visiting EU Parliament reps

The LTTE should disarm and come to the negotiations table for a peaceful solution as terrorism has no place or legacy anywhere in the world, the visiting European Parliament delegation leader Robert Evans said.

No firing by SL Navy

Tamil Nadu's top Navy officer says "

India: Commodore P E Van Halteren, the top Naval Officer in Tamil Nadu yesterday categorically denied allegations that the Sri Lankan Navy was straying into Indian waters and firing at Indian fishermen.

33 LTTE bodies found in consolidating operations - Mallavi

Troops in 57 Division and Special Forces engaged in consolidation operations in north of Vavunikulam, in combined Mannar and Vavuniya front, have found 33 bodies of the LTTE terrorists along with a large stock of arms and ammunition this evening, July 25, a latest report received from the battle front says.

Anti-LTTE rally in Berlin today

Sri Lankans in Germany and all who reject LTTE terrorism will hold a demonstration today in Berlin to protest against the LTTE intimidation of Tamils living in Germany, Germany's failure to ban the LTTE as a terrorist organisation and the recruitment of child soldiers.
The demonstration will begin at 1 p.m. at the water fountain in front of the Red City Hall (Rote Rathaus), Berlin Mitte.
"Sri Lankans Against LTTE Terror - Germany" urges the Federal Government and the Interior Minister to identify and ban the LTTE as a terrorist organisation in Germany.
Numerous front organisations such as Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), Tamil Coordination Committee (TCC), and Tamil Youth Organization (TYO) etc., which support the LTTE must also be included in this ban, they said.
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4 LTTE terrorists killed in a confrontation - Tunukkai

Troops engaged in counter terrorist offensive operations in combined Mannar - Vavuniya front confronted with a group of LTTE terrorists in general area Kalvilan, west of Tunukkai, Mullaittiuvu district, this morning, July 25.
According information received from the battlefront, 4 bodies of the LTTE terrorists killed in this confrontation were found along with 5 T-56 assault rifles and 2 radio sets, defences sources said.
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LTTE suffers heavy beating: 30 bodies found - Mallavi

Heavy ground battles were reported between troops and LTTE in general area North of Vavunikulam Tank, Southeast of Mallavi in Mullaittivu District as troops mounted intense retaliation thwarting an LTTE counter attack killing over 30 terrorists including a leader of the 'Charles Anthony' band on Thursday (July 24) evening.
According to Wanni sources, fresh fighting broke out since last night till this morning(25), as troops have reportedly found 30 LTTE bodies scattered in the battlefield during subsequent search operations conducted. 'Pallawan' a senior leader of the Charles Anthony band was also among the killed, military said citing intercepted LTTE communication.
Yesterday the 57 Division troops led by Major General Jagath Dias and Special Forces troops gained control over the Vavunikulam Tank bund and 10sq.km of adjacent area, killing over 25 terrorists. The valiant soldiers further advanced towards Mallavi crossing the Paliaru waterway, neutralizing remaining LTTE elements in the southwestern edge of the Vavunikulam Tank, our defence correspondent said.
"Banu a senior cadre was identified speaking over the LTTE communication circuits leading the LTTE offensive and have reportedly fled deeper into Kilinochchi unable to withstand the military onslaught.
Army continued to pound identified LTTE positions dispersing its offensive wave as infantrymen and Special Forces hunted down remaining terrorists inflicting heavy damages", defence sources said.
"Despite continuous pleas made for reinforcement been turned down, frustrated terrorists have fled for safety leaving their dead and equipment behind", sources further said citing ground troops.

MI-24 Gunships neutralize LTTE mortar launching pad- Mullaittiuvu

SLAF MI-24 helicopter gunships Friday (July 25) have totally neutralized an LTTE mortar launching pad located 3.5km Southwest of Tunukkai in the Mullaittiuvu district, during close-fire-support missions launched assisting the advancing ground troops.
According to Air Force Spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara, 4 Mi-24 helicopter gunships have engaged in the daunting mission at around 3.45p.m., despite an array of LTTE counter fire.
The target was located at an abandoned construction site and ground troops also confirmed that the LTTE mortar shelling have died away following the air assault, the Spokesperson further added.

13 terrorists killed, 40 wounded in yesterday's clashes

13 more terrorists were killed while 18 others reportedly wounded due to the clashes erupted in Northern and Wanni battlefronts in yesterday, July 24, addition to the major gun battle reported in combined Mannar - Vavuniya front. 22 more terrorists reportedly either killed or wounded, a finalized military report received from the battlefront says.

LTTE is involved in credit card fraud in Kenya says paper

The Daily Nation in Kenya revealed that the 40 million Shilling annual credit frauds in the country is shared by Sri Lanka's liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam terrorists with other fraudsters.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Navy thwarts sea tiger movement: 3 LTTE boats destroyed off Mullaittivu

3 LTTE boats were destroyed, many damaged when the Sri Lanka Naval elite Fast Attack Craft (FACs) engaged an LTTE boat movement at Chilawattai in the seas 2Nm South of Mullaittivu, today (July 24) at around 6.30 p.m.

According to the Naval Spokesperson Commander D.K.P Dassanayake, 10 LTTE speedboats were making-way along the Mullaittivu coast and the sea battle erupted when the LTTE boat cluster was detected by the naval FACs on patrol. Rest of the LTTE boats beached and the terrorists have fled into a jungle patch seeking shelter from the seaborne naval assault, he said.

No damages were caused to the naval craft, Spokesperson Commander Dassanayake further said.

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Vavunikulam Tank bund falls to Army: 25 LTTE killed, scores injured- Mullaittivu

57 Division troops operating at the combined Mannar - Vavuniya front advanced from its newly established positions at Pandiyankulama and forced further into non-liberated area, 3 km Southeast of Mallavi and have reportedly captured the Vavunikulam Tank bund, in Mullaittivu District today (July 24), at around 10 a.m.

According to initial reports received 57 division troops led by Major General Jagath Dias, flanked the western edge of the Vavunikulam tank and also have captured approximately 10 sq.kms of land area during the advances. Citing intercepted LTTE communication military said that, at least 25 terrorists were killed and scores injured in the clashes.

Fighting ensued between troops and LTTE since this morning as security forces pounded identified LTTE positions with heavy artillery and mortar fire enabling infantry troops and special forces to intensify assaults at the LTTE. Troops have also recovered 7 LTTE bodies, 5 x T-56 assault riffles, 01 x 120 mm heavy mortar gun, 02 x 81 mm mortar guns and few other warlike items including over 100 x mortar rounds during initial search operation conducted in the area.

Also, troops have found a tractor, 2 x motor bikes, 4 x I-com sets and a binocular in the search operations, our Wanni correspondent said adding that ground troops have also observed scattered bodies of terrorists killed, lying ahead of the established defences.

Troops are now engaged in search and clearing operations while consolidating defences in the area, sources further said.

More information will follow.

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Military defeat of LTTE pre-condition for peace - Archbishop Oswald Gomis

Archbishop Oswald Gomis expressing his views to Vatican Radio pointed out that the opportunities for dialogue with the LTTE is basically nonexistent as the war has reached a decisive stage and added that fighting will likely prove to be the only way to end the conflict.

He said, "There are certain people who feel that this may be the only way to a solution; though there are those who still advocate peace talks.

"I mean the ideal would be if they could come to terms, and the government has certainly said they are prepared to have talks provided the rebels give up their arms; however the Tamil Tigers have said they will not give up their arms -- so it's a stalemate there."

However, he noted that an important distinction must be made between the insurgents who are fighting and the Tamil population as a whole, which he says are two separate peoples. "They say that the fighters are one particular terrorist group and not all the Tamils, so even the Tamils are held ransom by these people.

"'So first of all you must crush them if you want to have a peaceful solution,' that's what most of the people are thinking and that has become a common opinion, not that we share it."

Archbishop Gomis expressed his resignation that a truly peaceful solution may no longer be possible, and that all anyone can basically do at this point is sit, watch and wait.

Meanwhile the international media organizations closely monitoring the current development of the island are of the view that the unilateral ceasefire declared by the LTTE is only a result of the string of victories gained by the Government troops causing severe setbacks to the terrorists outfit.

Heavy fighting between government and LTTE has intensified in recent days along the frontlines in the north with the security forces stepping up ground assaults and air strikes.

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SLAF raids LTTE leaders' gathering point- Mullaittivu

SLAF fighter jets launched precision air raids at a LTTE leaders' gathering point Thursday (July 24) located 2.5 km East of Thunukkai in Mullaittivu district.

According to Air Force Spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara, the air sorties were launched at around 2.30 p.m.

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Air Force fighter jets raid LTTE recruit training centre - Oddusuddan

Sri Lanka Air Force fighter jets launched air strikes targeting an LTTE recruit training centre in the Oddusuddan area, approximately 20 km Southwest of Mulaithiuvu this morning (July 24).

Air Force spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara speaking to defence.lk said that the air raids were launched at 7.30 AM. He said that the targeted camp was located 4km North of Muthuaiyankaddu Tank . The target was accurately obtained, he added citing the fighter pilots.

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FM urges Australia to ban LTTE

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama yesterday held bilateral discussions with his counterparts from Australia, Myanmar, Laos, South Korea, and the Philippines on the sidelines of the 15th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Singapore.

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Suspected LTTE suicide cadre arrested - Horana

Police personnel attached to Horana Police arrested a suspected female LTTE suicide cadre this morning (July 23). According to the police sources, the arrest was made around 10.30 AM on information received by the police.

The 34 year old suspect has been identified as a resident of Kilinochchi, said the sources. She had come to the area yesterday and obtained an employment at a garment factory situated in the Moonagama area, the sources added.

Police investigations are in progress.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

25 LTTE terrorists killed, 17 wounded in Wanni fighting

Security Forces operating ahead of Illuppakaddavai at the Wanni battle theater pounded identified LTTE positions and gathering points with heavy artillery and mortar fire yesterday (July 22) as troops confirmed killing at least 25 terrorists and injuring 17 others.

According to finalized military reports, 56 Division troops operating East of the A-9 trunk road at Navathkulama, attacked an LTTE movement killing a terrorists at around 11a.m.

Meanwhile, 8 terrorists were reported killed and 7 others injured during an ambush sprung by troops in general area Kuttimulai, at the combined Vavuniya-Mannar front, at 3.50p.m. 50 anti-personnel mines (AP) were also recovered during a subsequent search operations conducted in the area, military said.

Also, troops confirmed that 7 terrorists were killed, another 6 wounded in separate confrontations with LTTE in general areas Palaimoddai and Navvi on Tuesday. 4 soldiers also received injuries during the confrontations, military further said.

Another soldier also sustained injuries during a confrontation with LTTE in general area Murunkaiyadippuddai.

At the Welioya battlefront, troops killed 7 terrorists, injured 4 while ground troops believed that 24 terrorists were either killed or wounded in the clashes. According to military clashes between troops and LTTE were reported in general areas North of Janakapura and Kiriibbanwewa. 2 soldiers also laid their lives while 3 others received injuries in the confrontations, military said. Separately, troops engaged in search operations North of Kiriibbanwewa uncovered 41AP mines and 2 IEDs, military said.

At the Jaffna battlefront, in Muhamalai troops attacked an LTTE bunker defence with small arms fire killing 2 terrorists, according to reports. A soldier was also reported wounded in an AP mine explosion in the same area.

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'Victory day not far off'- An interview with the Army Chief, Gen. Sarath Fonseka

Days of pampering "Arm - Chair' Generals Over:
Agreeing that the national problem could only be solved through political means, the Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka said that not only Tamils but also Sinhalese and the Muslims need political solutions to solve some of their problems.
He said that the political solution should be completely different from what the LTTE and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) were clamouring for. Their ultimate goal is to destroy Sinhalese as was revealed by the 'Eelam Pandiyan' cadres, who had surrendered earlier."

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Public protest against LTTE terrorism in Germany

ImageSri Lankans in Germany and all who reject LTTE terrorism will hold a demonstration on the July 26 in Berlin to protest against LTTE intimidation of Tamils living in Germany and LTTE forcible recruitment of child solders in areas under its control.

'Our Lady of Madhu' returns home

The sacred statue of 'Our Lady of Madhu' was brought Tuesday, at 11.10a.m., into the liberated area, across the Omanthai Entry/Exit point following consistent appeals made by the Catholic community, all Sri Lankans and the international community for its immediate release from the clutches of LTTE.

The statue was brought in an ambulance (WP LW-O276) by Rev. Peter Arulnadan, also accompanied by Father Sathyapillai Emaliyanuspillai, and Sister Idha Thomas who have reportedly left the Entry/Exit at around 11.25a.m., our defence correspondent at Omanthai said.

The Mannar Bishop House is to issue a communiqué‚ later this evening, informed sources said.

The highly venerated statue of our Lady of Madhu was taken to Thevanpiddi area located 70 kilometers Northwest of Madhu in the non-liberated zone by the priests and sisters of the church as ordered by the LTTE on 3rd April.

LTTE terrorists almost turned the Madhu shrine into a terror base by positioning its heavy guns around the church and using it as a barrack for its cadres, before the shrine was liberated by SLA troops beating off the occupying LTTE terrorists on 25th April.

The centuries old 'Our Lady of Madhu' is held sacred and respected by all Sri Lankans irrespective of religion and ethnicity. Thousands of pilgrims used to visit the shrine, especially during the annual 10 day church feast on August, before the terrorists took control of the area in 1999.

The earnest belief of Catholics and many peace loving people have paid off a defence official said, further adding that the Army has already made 1.5 million rupees worth renovation at the holy place.

More information will follow.

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[VIDEO]Wanni Operation 19th & 20th July 2008

Air intelligence confirms 22 LTTE suicide bombers killed in air raid - Mullaittiuvu

Air Force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara speaking to defence.lk said that 22 LTTE suicide bombers (Black Tigers ) were killed in the air raid carried out this morning (July 22) at the Uddayarkattukulam LTTE camp.

Citing Air Force intelligence sources , he said that the group of the slain LTTE cadres had been engaged in a rehearsal of a major suicide operation at the time of the air raid.

Air Force fighter jets launched an air strike targeting pre identified LTTE special operation training facility located Northeast of Uddayarkattukulam in the Mullaittiuvu district around 8.15a.m.

The Air Force sources said, targeted camp was providing training for LTTE cadres in special operations and in leadership for the terror leaders. Activities in the terror camp had a significant increase recently, the sources added.

LTTE is the terror outfit that pioneered the suicide bombing tactics to the world. The outfit has been using brainwashed youth, mostly women and teenagers to commit suicide as human bombs. LTTE select these youths from orphanages or recruit those who have undergone gender or cast discrimination promising them to redeem their dignity by dieing for the tribal cause.

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Navy destroys one LTTE boat, damages 2 in a sea battle - Pulmoddai

An LTTE boat was destroyed and two more were heavily damaged when the Sri Lanka Navy's Fast Attack Craft (FACs) engaged a cluster of LTTE boats detected in the seas off Pulmoddai around 1.30 a.m today, 22 July.

According to the naval sources, five LTTE speedboats were heading towards Pulmoddai from Nayaru and the sea battle erupted when the LTTE boat cluster was detected by the naval FACs on patrolling during the early hours.

Naval craft or sailor received no injuries in this confrontation, naval sources added.

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Sri Lankan expats to hold demonstration urging stern action against LTTE- UK

'Sri Lankans against Terrorism'(SLAT-UK) a patriotic organization of United Kingdom based Sri Lankan expatriates have organized a mass protest rally against the ruthless terrorist outfit, LTTE on 27th July, at the Downing Street in London.

The demonstration titled 'Let's all unite as Sri Lankans to Defeat Terrorism in our Motherland!' requesting the British Government to take stern action against all pro-LTTE activities is expected to draw masses of peace loving people.

Following is the communiqu‚ released by SLAT-UK.

With all the government efforts in Sri Lanka as well as the recent achievements made so far by the combined forces, it is now up to us as individuals to unite and fight against terrorism in our Motherland.

We as a group of Sri Lankan organisations based in the UK have organised a mass protest rally to request the British Government to enforce the 'Terrorism Ban' with regards to the ruthless Tamil tigers (LTTE).

We also would like to create the awareness and educate the general public and as well as British authorities about the truth and the relevant facts relating to the false propaganda that has been publicised here in the UK by LTTE supporters, symperthisers and their media network.

We have already successfully organised many other events and used different strategies to counter LTTE activities in the past in the UK. Those activities have led to the establishment of a national front against the common fight against terrorism in Sri Lanka.

Therefore we would like to cordially invite all peace loving Sri Lankans including the members of OBA's, OGA's and all other Sri Lankan organisations as patriotic Sri Lankans to show your support in defeating the common cause and bring about lasting peace in our motherland.

Venue: Opposite British Prime Minister's Official Residence

10, Downing Street, London

Date: 27th July 2008 (Sunday)

Time: 1.30 PM- 5.30PM

Please email your valued comments and suggestions to

slatuk@yahoo.co.uk

For further info, please contact

Rani: 07808158360 Gamini: 07883036062 Sri Lal: 07877041605

Janaka: 07885973128 Anura: 07956539514 Shiran: 07534224363

Nishantha: 07853317426 Mahinda: 0208 7683750

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Monday, July 21, 2008

War after the fall of Vidattalthivu

By Col R Hariharan (Retd.)

Keeping up the momentum of their offensive, Sri Lanka army's 58 Division and Commando troops advanced another 10 km to the north to capture Illuppakkadavai on Sunday July 20, 2008 close on the heels of their success in capturing the Sea Tiger base of Vidattalthivu on the Mannar coast on July 16, 2008. According to Defence sources, the Commandos pursued and attacked the cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fleeing Iluppakkadavai, three km to the north on the A32 Mannar- Pooneryn road.

25 terrorists killed, 30 wounded in Wanni fighting

Security forces made further advances into LTTE defences along the Wanni battle theatre stretching from Mannar Western coast towards Kokkuthuduvali in the Eastern boarders Sunday (July 20) as troops claimed killing 25 terrorists while injuring 30 others during the confrontations.

According to finalized military reports, 12 other terrorists were either killed or seriously injured in addition one dead and 13 injuries reported from military. LTTE terrorists received heavy beating at the combined Mannar-Vavuniya front during the multi-pronged assaults launched, as troops claimed killing18 terrorists and wounding 16 others in yesterday's confrontations. Troops belonging to Task Force -2, operating the Eastern flank of the Mannar - Vavuniya front continued offensive at LTTE positions killing 9 terrorists , injuring 12 others at Navvi, while 2 terrorists were also reported killed and similar numbers wounded at Palaimoddai on Sunday.

Meanwhile, troops operating under the 57 Division led extensive ground assaults at LTTE, penetrating further towards the Thunukkai, Mallavi- Mankulama main road, as Army claimed killing 7 terrorists, injuring 2 others, according to reports. 6 soldiers were also wounded in the confrontations reported in general areas East of Pandiyankulama, Kuttimulai, Parappukkal and Karaveddivembu.

Also, 7 LTTE terrorists were reported killed and 14 wounded following offensives launched by troops at the Welioya front. According to military, 12 other terrorists were also believed either killed or wounded during the clashes erupted North of Kiriibbanwewa and Janakapura. Military reports further stated that a soldier has laid his life and 5 others wounded in the confrontations.

Meanwhile, troops engaged in search operations in general area North of Kiriibbanwewa uncovered 177 anti-personnel mines (AP) and 27 IEDs, while 29AP mines and an IED was also reported found in a separate search operation in the same area at around 3p.m.

Meanwhile, a soldier was reported wounded during a confrontation with a group of terrorists in general area Kodikamama, Jaffna, according to reports received from the Northern battle front.

Limited operation are been continued.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Advancing army elites attack terror group; 13 terrorists killed, anti air gun seized

Army Commandos in pursuit of the withdrawing terrorists along the Mannar- Pooneryn (A-32) road attacked a group of terrorist detected in the Murunkalyadippudi area 3 Km North of Iluppaikkaddavai around 12.10 this afternoon.

The Commandos confirmed that 13 terrorists were killed in this confrontation while many others suffered injuries. Also, they seized an anti air machine gun of 12.7mm caliber , a T-81 rifle and one radio communication set.

Clearing operations are being carried out in the area.

Troops of Task Force 1 and Commando Brigade today captured the largest terrorist stronghold on the Northwestern coast of the Island at Iluppaikkaddavai. Following this victory troops are marching further northwards along the A-32 road.

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Navy and Air Force attack LTTE boats - South Nachchikudha

Sri Lanka Navy Coastal Patrol Craft (CPC) and Air Force Kafir fighter have jets mounted a joint raid at a group of 8 LTTE small boats detected in the South of Nachchikudha area this evening (July 20). 6 LTTE boasts have been destroyed and 2 others were damaged due to the raid.

According to the naval sources, the CPCs deployed along the Northwestern coastal waters to deny possible withdrawal routes to the LTTE via sea, have initially detected and engaged the boat move around 4.30 PM. Later, air Assaults were called in and as a result, Air Force fighter jets bombed the boats, the sources said. The sources confirmed the destruction of 6 LTTE boats and heavy damages to the remaining ones.

Air Force spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara speaking to defence.lk team said the LTTE boat move has been pounded at a location 3 km South of Nachchikudha coast. Air Force too confirmed heavy damages to the terrorist.

Nachchikudha is situated about 17 Km North of Illuppaikkadavai town where troops liberated this afternoon. Troops are now continuing their march further northwards on the Mannar- Pooneryn road (A-32) dislodging the terror defences on their way.

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Troops Liberate Illuppaikkadavai

Sri Lanka army has declared Iluppaikkadavai town liberated ending 21 years of terror rule of LTTE this afternoon (July 20). According to defence sources troops of Task Force 1 and Commando brigade encircled the remote town situated 12 km North of Vidattaltivu by last night and entered the town this morning.

The sources further said that another large LTTE stronghold situated on the Northwestern coast of the Island has fallen with the new victory.

Military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara speaking to defence.lk said that troops have also captured the largest LTTE base situated on Northwestern coast. He said that this base was not a Sea Tiger base but used for other terror activities in the area during last 2 decades.

Speaking further he said , troops of Task Force 1 has already marched about 2 Km North of Illuppaikkadavai town and consolidating their defences at present. At least 15 LTTE cadres were killed during the battle ensued during last 48 hours in the area , he added.

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Wanni liberation bid heading for success; 18 terrorists killed in yesterday's clashes

Sri Lanka Armed Forces' bid to liberate Northern Province from the terror clutches reached further towards successes as troops continued give heavy beating to the terrorist on the Mannar- Vavuniya and Welioya fronts during yesterday's (July 19) operations. Finalized military reports received from battlefield indicate 18 deaths to the terrorists, 7 causalities and 5 others as either killed or wounded. A soldier laid down his life and 9 others suffered injuries during these operations.