Friday, January 23, 2009

Air Force jets, helicopter gunships continue raids at LTTE positions- Mullaittivu

( jets and MI-24 helicopter gunships continued air sorties at identified LTTE resistance positions in support of the advancing 59 Div, 57 Div and TF-3 troops at Mullaittivu, today (Jan 23).

Multiple air attacks were carried out South of Mullaittivu, East of Visuamadu and Northeast of the Kalmadukulam Tank since 6.30 this morning, Air Force sources said. According to Air Force Spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara, the initial raid was conducted by fighter jets in support of the 59 Division troops, at an LTTE resistance position located South of Mullaittivu at around 6.30a.m. A similar raid was conducted Northeast of the Kalmadukulam Tank Bund in support of the 57 Division troops at 12.20a.m., the sources said.

Earlier, at around 9.45a.m., MI-24 helicopter gunships launched close combat air assaults at an identified LTTE resistance position and defence line East of Visuamadu. The air assault was conducted in support of the Task Force -3 troops, the sources further said.