Thursday, January 15, 2009

Lankan jets pound retreating LTTE, 26 rebels killed: Army TV Sriram

(HT)Sri Lankan fighter jets pounded LTTE targets as ground forces pressed ahead to capture the last Tamil Tiger bastion of Mullaittivu from the retreating rebels, which suffered at least 26 casualties, officials said on Monday.

Lankan MI-24 helicopter gunships and fighter jets made precision air assaults at two identified Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) gathering points located in general area Iranamadu, in support of the advancing TF-3 and 57 Division troops this morning, the military said. Kilinochchi town, 330-km from the capital, was overrun by troops earlier this month and the rebels are now confined to the jungle and lagoon district around Mullaittivu on Sri Lanka's northeast coast. Full Text