Troops reach Jayapuram
Over 40 Tigers killed:
Nachchikuda: Troops operating north east of Nachchikuda in the west
of Kilinochchi district, made steady progress within the last two days
reaching the outskirts of Jayapuram in the north of Nachchikuda,
crushing LTTE efforts to bring in reinforcements to the front on several
occasions killing more than 40 Tiger cadres, Military sources told the
Daily News yesterday.
Jayapuram is located some seven kilometres north of Nachchikuda where
the LTTE is having one of their main Sea Tiger bases in the North
According to sources many Tiger vehicles bringing in cadres to 58
Division front now operating in the north-east of Nachchikuda were hit
by the troops killing more than 40 Tiger cadres.
“On three occasions on Friday and Saturday troops hit three Tiger
vehicles bringing in reinforcements to this front killing more than 40
Tiger cadres,” the sources added.
A senior Tiger leader was also feared killed as troops operating
south of Pooneryn hit one of the double cabs which was escorted by a few
Tiger cadres on Friday evening.
A senior Tiger leader who was travelling in this double cab was
either severely wounded or killed in this attack, ground troops have
“Troops operating in the Mannikulam west also hit two vehicles
bringing reinforcements to the area on Saturday,” the sources added.
The 58 Division operating under the command of Brigadier Shavendra
Silva is now expanding their battlefront along the 25 Kilometres long
earth bund constructed by the LTTE from Nachchikuda to Akkarayankulam to
defend the Kilinochchi front especially the Nachchikuda Sea Tiger base.
“With these advances the Sea Tiger Base in Nachchikuda is becoming
isolated, making it extremely difficult for the LTTE to use the stretch
of A-32 Mannar Pooneryn road from the North of Nachchikuda”, the sources
The Pandiveddikulam tank area also fell under the control of the 58
Division yesterday amidst heavy rains lashing the area.
“The troops of the 58 Division have now advanced some four Kilometres
north of Karambakulam and are poised to advance further northward from
another location in the east of Vannerikulam as troops also captured the
huge earth bund from the East of Vannerikulam too by yesterday”, the
The progress made by the 58 Division heading towards Pooneryn is a
big challenge for the LTTE as it would lead to deprivation of logistics
support coming from remaining areas in the North Western coast.