Troops capture 1 Km of LTTE defence line in Adampan
Colombo: Marking another milestone in the battle on the Mannar
front troops on Wednesday evening captured a one kilometre stretch of
the main defence line of the LTTE covering the Mannar 'Rice Bowl' as
they reached the edge of the 'Rice Bowl' north of Adampan, military
sources said yesterday.
According to Military sources troops operating in the North of
Adampan captured this one kilometre stretch of a strongly built defence
line after a fierce battle with the LTTE killing at least 30 of them.
"Th h s was the first time the troops in Mannar front captured a
stretch of LTTE main defence line stretching from Pappamoddai in the
north of Manthai from the seaside towards Parappakadaththan in the north
of Giant Tank for more than 11 Kilometres covering the Mannar 'Rice
Bowl'," a senior military official told the Daily News.
The LTTE constructed this defence line with a six to eight feet high
earth bund, a water canal and a trench line forcibly using the civilians
living in the uncleared areas a few months back to face the advancing
"This is a clear example how the LTTE exploits the labour of the
civilians entrapped in uncleared areas to construct these bunker lines
and trenches on this solid land," a `military official added.
The heavily fortified defence line with LTTE bunkers came under heavy
attack of the ground troops for more than three days in their bid to
capture this one kilo metres stretch. According to Security Forces
nearly 30 Tiger cadres have been confirmed killed during the three-day
Troops are continuing in their operations to fully capture this
strongly built defence line while engaging in search and clear