Login    Forum    Search    FAQ

Board index » General Topics » Sri Lanka Latest News




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Kokkadicholai captured
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:19 pm 
Troops capture key Tiger base

With the fall of Kokkadicholai, troops have so far regained the control of areas south and west of Batticaloa town and their surrounding areas.

By Sunil Jayasiri
@DM /Thursday, March 29, 2007


Government troops yesterday captured a key Tiger base in Kokkadicholai in the Batticaloa district and seized a large haul of arms, ammunition and landmines, a Government source said.

“Marking one more milestone in the Army’s forward march to secure the besieged eastern areas from LTTE clutches, troops of the 7th Sri Lanka Light Infantry yesterday morning completely brought under their control Kokkadicholai, one of the LTTE’s nerve centres, south of Batticaloa,” a Media Centre for National Security spokesman said.

However, he said there was no resistance from the Tigers as they had already withdrawn from the area leaving behind a large quantity of weapons and ammunition.

The spokesman however, declined to give any casualty figures of either side.

He said the Tigers had extensively used the captured base to launch a string of artillery attacks, including the recent one on diplomats and Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe when they landed at the Webber Stadium in Batticaloa .

Troops consolidating their positions, found an air-conditioned LTTE conference hall with modern facilities used as the main centre of activities.

“This huge LTTE conference hall that would have cost millions of rupees, houses a spacious auditorium, air-conditioned bedrooms, electricity-run kitchen units, pantries, and washrooms fitted with modern equipment. In recent times, the Tigers conducted media briefings in this building for both local and international media,” the spokesman said.

He said the Batticaloa district LTTE political head Daya Mohan had used this office as the political headquarters and since signing the ceasefire agreement, Mr. Mohan had used the office for almost all meetings with foreign and local NGOs, diplomats and media personnel.

The spokesman said troops engaged in this humanitarian mission were able to recover a large haul of claymore mines, landmines, anti-personnel mines, improvised explosive devices, guns and other military items that had been hurriedly left behind by fleeing Tiger terrorists.

He said advancing troops also captured a junction near Kokkadicholai.

“With the fall of Kokkadicholai, troops have so far regained the control of areas south and west of Batticaloa town and their surrounding areas,” the spokesman said.

The fall of the Tigers’ Kokkadicholai base came a day after an LTTE suicide cadre drove a tractor loaded with explosives towards an Army camp in Chenkaladi in the same district, killing eight persons.

The LTTE was not available for comment about the latest military defeat it had suffered.


Top 
  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
 
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 

Board index » General Topics » Sri Lanka Latest News


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 6 guests

 
 

 
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to: