SLAF raids major Tiger targets in Wanni
Sri Lankan Air Force fighter jets yesterday carried out successful
missions targeting LTTE facilities in Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and
Pooneryn. A terrorist gathering position east of Nachchikudha,
Kilinochchi was targeted at 2.10 p.m. The air strike was made in support
of advancing 58 Division troops, operating in the western Wanni
battlefront, Air Force Spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara
SLAF MI-24 helicopter gunships launched an air strike at a
pre-identified Sea Tiger camp at Kavitharamunai, in Pooneryn, west of
Kilinochchi around 4.14 a.m. Air Force Spokesperson Wing Commander
Nanayakkara said, the air assault was launched on information received
from Jaffna military sources.
The Air Force said the Sea Tiger facility code-named ‘Kadal’ by the
outfit, was severely damaged. The facility has been used by the LTTE for
training and co-ordination of terrorist activities and as a launch pad
for LTTE infiltration groups into the peninsula.
Air Force fighter jets also launched precision air strikes at an
identified LTTE recruit training centre located west of Mankulama in
Mullaittivu, at 10.20a.m. Pilots have confirmed a precision bombing that
caused extensive damage to the facility.
Meanwhile, 17 LTTE terrorists were killed and five others wounded
during fighting between troops and the LTTE in Kilinochchi and
Mullaitivu districts on Saturday.
Two soldiers have died in the confrontation and 13 others injured. In
Navathkulama and Marathamadu, five terrorists were killed in Army
attacks. Troops of Task Force -2 operating in Palamoddai and Navvi
general areas have reported killing at least six terrorists and injuring
Two soldiers made the supreme sacrifice. Two more LTTE terrorists
were also killed during confrontations with troops at Navvi. Troops of
the 59 Division took on LTTE positions north of Kiriibbanwewa, killing
six terrorists and injuring three others. A soldier sustained injuries
in an AP mine explosion in the same area.