Troops capture 1 km stretch in Mannar
Tiger cross loading point overrun:
COLOMBO: The LTTE suffered yet another setback yesterday when
troops attached to the 58 Division operating on the Mannar front further
advanced towards Tiger held territory overrunning their cross loading
point in Uyilankulam and a key position in Palakkuli East, inflicting
heavy damages to the outfit.
A senior Military official told the Daily News that the heavily
fortified LTTE cross loading point with six strongly built bunker lines
and a building complex at Karukkankulam used as the cross loading point
at Uyilankulam fell to the Forces yesterday at around 6 a.m.
The LTTE used this cross loading point to search vehicles entering
and leaving the uncleared areas in Mannar through the Uyilankulam entry
"Heavy fighting broke out in Uyilankulam as two companies of the 10th
Gajaba Regiment advanced nearly one kilometre ahead of the defences in
the early hours on Tuesday to capture the Tiger defences," sources
Tiger cadres manning the defence line abandoned their positions and
withdrew further towards the north of Mannar in the face of the fierce
offensive launched after cutting off all LTTE reinforcements to the
Troops are now consolidating their positions clearing heavy mine
fields laid by the LTTE to stop the ir advance.
Two soldiers were killed and five injured during the fight that
lasted for several hours yesterday morning.
"Heavy damage was reported to the LTTE during this battle," sources
added. Troops attached to the 10th Gajaba Regiment advanced on this
location on the Uyilankulam - Andankulam road after capturing the
Uyilankulam entry exit point on December 22 and subsequently capturing
their second defence line. Meanwhile, 12 Gemunu Watch troops operating
in Palakkuli East also captured a 700 metres long stretch in a coconut
cultivation located in the area, in the wee hours of yesterday
inflicting heavy damages to the LTTE.
"Seven Tiger cadres were confirmed killed and five injured during the
battle," the sources added.
Troops recovered bodies of three female Tiger cadres and five T-56
weapons after the capture of the area. "Troops effectively repulsed
subsequent LTTE attempts to recapture their lost territory under the
command of Bhanu and Lakshman with Air Force providing air support
targeting their key gun position north of Giant Tank," the official