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 Post Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:30 pm 
SL Army captured Thunukkai and Uilankulam
Only 12 more kilometres to Kilinochchi

The LTTE, which not too long ago, threatened to brutally divide Sri Lanka, is today facing near death. The group has consistently been losing both men and material, crippling its operational capability. A number of Tiger cadres, including senior leaders, were killed in the last six months in clashes with the security forces. In July, the SLA was able to hand over bodies of 61 Tiger cadres killed in battle on the Vavuniya, Mannar and Welioya fronts, to the LTTE, via the ICRC. With troops advancing from north of Mannar and south of Kilinochchi the LTTE leaders are confined to the Mullaitivu jungles. Will Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman bite their cyanide capsules, like Hitler?

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Friday, August 22, 2008
@ Agencies / SLA

The much talked LTTE stronghold, Tunukkai, about 20 km west of Mankulam, a central connecting village, Uyilankulam, and also the southern edge of the Akkaraynkulam, about 12 km to the southwest of Kilinochchi town centre were finally brought under government troops as dawn fell on Friday (22) bringing a humiliating defeat to LTTE.

Sri Lankan troops on Friday captured two strategic towns from Tamil Tigers as they closed in on the rebels' political capital, the defence ministry said.

Ground troops confirmed that the troops attached to 7 Sri Lanka Light Infantry under the command Lt. Colonel Ranjith Abeyratne completed the mission by 12.30 p.m yesterday amidst heavy resistance from the LTTE with troops advancing further north of Thunukkai from the west to the north.

"At present, troops are deployed at Akkarayankulam, 12 kilometres south of the Kilinochchi town," the statement said. "Heavy clashes occurred throughout past few days and the LTTE are fleeing from the area as they are unable to withstand the advancing troops."

A military spokesman here said details of casualties in Friday's clashes were not available, but added that 21 rebels and two soldiers died in fighting on Thursday.

“The capture of Thunukkai, the second most important administrative hub of the LTTE, is strategically important for the Security Forces as troops can reach Kilinochchi through indirect weapons compelling the LTTE to shift their long range artillery guns further north of Kilinochchi,” the Spokesman added.

Troops commenced approaching the strategically important Thunukkai town from the North and the West since last morning (21 August). Thunukkai town is situated on the halfway of the Vellankulama and Mankulama road and has been a strategic nerve centre for LTTE for last 25 years. Uilankulam is located around 5Km north of Thunukkai and it is also an LTTE's stronghold in Mullaittiuvu District as fierce gun battles reported in this area during the past few days.

The gain of Thunukkai adds advantage toward the security forces positioned in clear striking distance of Mallavi another vital LTTE garrison along the Vellankaulam- Mankulam main road.

Thunukkai is situated in the middle of the Mankulam Vellankulam Road that links the Mannar Pooneryn A-32 road with the Jaffna-Kandy A-9 road and is a major town where the LTTE had the largest number of their offices after Kilinochchi.

“Capturing Thunukkai is huge victory for the troops of the 572 Brigade as we achieved this victory after months long battles in thick jungle patches,” said Lt. Colonel Senarath Bandara, the Brigade Commander of the 572 Brigade who achieved this victory.

Intermittent fighting erupted yesterday too as fleeing Tigers fired mortars towards the troops engaged in search and clear operations in Thunukkai yesterday afternoon.

Troops of 57 Division led by Maj General Jagath Dias have captured Madhu Church Complex, Palampiddi, Mundumurippu, Periyamadhu, Naddakandal, Chiradikkulam and Kalvilan areas earlier in the Wanni offensive.

Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu in the north are the only two districts where the Tigers have a presence in the entire island. The government says the Tigers are on the run and it will only be a matter of time before they are crushed.

According to reports, Five soldiers were also killed during the two days of confrontations in Thunukkai.


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