Another historic victory
Kilinochchi, Mulaitivu to fall soon:
The Security Forces yesterday reached yet another historic victory in
the Vanni liberation operation with Task Force I troops capturing the
strategically important Paranthan town after cutting off the A-9 road
from the North of Paranthan junction by yesterday evening, Army
Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka told the Daily News last night.
The 57 Division operating in the Kilinochchi front also gained
momentum in their battle as they entered the build up area in the
Kilinochchi passing the Iranamadu junction from the West of A-9 road.
”Troops have already entered Paranthan and are short of only 100
meters to reach Paranthan junction. They will fully capture the
Paranthan junction within the course of Wednesday night”, the Army
“We have taken the control over the beach front from the North of
Paranthan, completely cutting off the links the LTTE is having with the
Jaffna front through A-9 road”, the Army Commander said.
The Army Commander said that the capture of Paranthan will lead to
the total eradication of the LTTE from the remaining part of Vanni in
the year 2009 which has been declared as the Year of Heroic Victory.
Paranthan is the most strategically important four way junction town,
in the remaining areas held by the LTTE in Vanni and the North as it
connects Pooneryn in the West, Mullaiitvu in the East, Kilinochchi in
the South, and Jaffna and Muhamalai in the North to one main hub through
B-69, A-35 and A-9 roads.
This is the second most important victory achieved by Task Force I,
within one and half months as they captured Pooneryn on November 15,
depriving the LTTE of the entire Western coast.
Heavy fighting erupted West of Paranthan front as Task Force I troops
under the command of Brigadier Shavendra Silva confronted heavily with
the LTTE during the advance towards Paranthan.
According to military sources more than 50 Tiger cadres were
reportedly killed and more than 60 injured in the ensuing battle.
Troops have recovered bodies of the Tiger cadres in the vast stretch
of paddy lands west of Paranthan.
As LTTE cadres were fleeing from the Paranthan front 13 civilians
also surrendered to the Security Forces yesterday, military sources
added. Whilst moving towards Paranthan, Task Force I troops also
captured the entire earth bund in the Adampan village opening yet
another gateway to Kilinochchi from the North.
The fall of Paranthan will also herald the fall of remaining Tiger
strongholds Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu as troops of the 57 Division
under the command of Major General Jagath Dias also advanced towards the
Kilinochchi build up area after passing the Iranamadu junction from the
West of A-9 road.
”The 57 Division troops are just short of two and half kilo meters
from the Kilinochchi station”, the Commander said.
He said that the Security Forces are determined to eradicate LTTE
terrorism fully from the country in the year 2009 and these victories
reflect the possibility of achieving that victory soon.
”The LTTE will not exist until the year 2010. We are confident of
eradicating LTTE fully in the year 2009”, the Army Commander said.