Troops to take full control of A9
Fierce fighting East of Kilinochchi
The Security Forces of the 53 Division and 55 Division fast advancing
from the Kilali and Muhamalai defence lines are poised to capture the
remaining part of the A-9 road to link up with the troops South of
Elephant Pass within the next 48 hours, Army Commander Lt. General
Sarath Fonseka said yesterday.
The troops of the 53 Division under the command of Brigadier Kamal
Goonaratne and 55 Division under the command of Brigadier Prasanna Silva
are poised to make this historic move to fully open the A-9 road up to
Jaffna after the two Divisions captured Pallai town the main township
south of Muhamalai and Kilali defence lines. "Troops marching ahead of
the Muhamalai and Kilali defences captured the Pallai town located some
six kilometres south of Tiger defence line in Muhamalai without much
resistance from the LTTE. The Tiger cadres have vacated their third line
in Pallai in face of the troops advance", a senior military official
told the Daily News.
Military sources also said the LTTE had shifted their artillery guns
from Jaffna peninsula to the south expecting the troop advance.
"The troops are only seven kilometres short to take full control of
the A-9 road by yesterday evening and they are fast advancing towards
the south ," he said.
The historic move by the Security Forces will come once the 53 and 55
Divisions link with the 58 Division now operating in the Elephant Pass
south opening the main land route that links the Jaffna peninsula to the
mainland which was closed after escalation of violence in August, 2006
with the LTTE launching massive assault on the Muhamalai-Kilali defence
The opening of the A-9 road upto Jaffna will give a great relief to
the Security Forces in their troop movement mission and also to their
logistic supplies as they have to depend on sea and air transport for
these purposes burdening the defence budget. As the Jaffna front is
advancing to the South, the 58 Division advancing to the East of
Paranthan yesterday took control of the Murisamudai area five kilometres
East of Paranthan after a few days of fierce battles.
"Fierce fighting erupted in the Dri Aru in the East of Kilinochchi
too yesterday as troops of the 57 Division advanced to the East of
Kilinochchi," sources added.
Meanwhile, troops attached to 59 Division are also poised to capture
the LTTE air strip in Mulliyavali in the West of Mullaitivu as they
advanced further Northwards from Mulliyavali town.
The 59 Division troops also captured the famous Vatrapalai Amman
Kovil in the West of Nathikadal lagoon by Wednesday giving signs of
taking full control of the Mullaitivu West area located West of