Lankan Army Captures LTTE Camp, 6 Rebels KIlled

TV Sriram, Colombo
Lankan Army Captures LTTE Camp, 6 Rebels KIlled
Sri Lankan fighter jets have pounded the last LTTE bastion of Mullaitivu in the island's northern region as the army captured a well fortified rebel camp killing six Tamil Tigers.

Sri Lankan Air Force jets and MI-24 helicopter gunships continued air sorties at identified LTTE resistance positions in support of the advancing 59 and 57 Divisions and TF-3 troops at Mullaitivu, officials said.

"Multiple air attacks were carried out South of Mullaitivu, East of Visuamadu and Northeast of the Kalmadukulam Tank since early 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 Mullaitivu at around 6.30 am.

A similar raid was conducted Northeast of the Kalmadukulam Tank Bund in support of the 57 Division troops in the wee hours, he said.

Earlier this morning, 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 Air Force sources said.

Meanwhile, troops gained control over a LTTE satellite base located West of Puthukudiyirippu, and seized weapons, after an intense gunfire exchange, the Defence Ministry said quoting security sources.      In ground clashes, troops found the body of a LTTE cadre and a T-56 assault riffle today following clashes with a group of Tamil Tigers in general area southeast of Puthukudiyirippu, Mullaitivu.

According to area security sources, the fighting ensued with LTTE cadres after detecting their movement in close range.

Further search operations are underway, the sources said.

Meanwhile, troops also recovered bodies of two LTTE cadre in Pudukudiyirippukulam in Mullaitivu after clashes yesterday, the MCNS said, adding it also found the body of a Tamil Tiger after intense fighting in Udayarkattu in the region.

Troops also recovered bodies of two LTTE cadres and heavy equipments in Tharapuram in Kilinochchi after intense clashes yesterday, it said.

Separately, the troops captured a well-fortified LTTE camp site in Mullaitivu, the defence ministry said.

The LTTE fighters were forced to flee with heavy damages as troops directed intense multi-frontal attacks at identified enemy positions in the area, security sources said.

The camp site included 5 cement huts and 3 water tanks which was well hidden from aerial detection, under a thick canopy.

Meanwhile, separate clashes between troops and LTTE broke out yesterday in general area West of Puthukudiyirippu, the defence ministry said quoting sources.

Five Sri Lankan soldiers were injured in eastern Batticaloa when LTTE attacked an army foot patrol last night, the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said.

The injured have been admitted to the Polonnaruwa hospital in the region.

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