Troops capture LTTE airstrip
Mankulam: Troops attached to the 57 Division yesterday
captured an LTTE airstrip in Panikkankulam area, seven kilometres
northwest of Mankulam, Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara
told the Daily News.
According to Brigadier Nanayakkara the airstrip, 500 metres long and
50 metres wide, is located west of the A9 road and close to the rail
The troops have located this airstrip while operating in the north of
Vannivilankulam area yesterday,” the Brigadier added.
“There are signs that the LTTE had made use of this airstrip to land
and park their small aircraft in an emergency as it comprised a taxiway
and parking areas,” he said.
Air Force Commander Air marshal Roshan Goonetilleka told the Daily
News that the SLAF fighter jets have bombed this airstrip on several
occasions in the past. “We believe the LTTE has made use of this
airstrip for training and other purposes.”
This is the first time that Security Forces engaged in the Wanni
liberation came across such as airstrip despite reports about several
airstrips used by the LTTE in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts.