|Sri Lanka Army capture the strategic town of Mallavi
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Sri Lanka Army capture the strategic town of Mallavi
Monday, September 01, 2008
Soldiers of the 7 Sinha Regiment in 57 Division of the Sri Lanka Army today captured the strategic town of Mallavi killing around 25 Tigers in the process. Fierce fighting broke-out in the area yesterday as tigers made a last ditch effort to hold on. The Town of Mallavi was the most populated town south of Kilinochchi in the uncleared area.
Mallavi is a strategically important LTTE garrison located along the Vellankulama - Mankulama main road, linking the Mannar- Pooneryn (A-32) main road and the Kandy- Jaffna(A-9) trunk road. Due its significant positioning this area has been used as the hub of LTTE's administration and logistic activities, accommodating over dozens LTTE offices, defence observes state.
Mallavi town, said to be the native place of Prabakaran's wife, Madivadinin, has about 1 km long main street with boutiques and shops on both sides of the town center. Mallavi town center, which has functioned as a big commercial hub on the Mullative district border, has remained a fully-fledged township with two Rural Banks, Bank of Ceylon, People’s Bank, Ceramic Factory, large Bakery with three huge ovens, Water and Electricity Board buildings, Sub Post Office and more than forty big business centers. A Tiger administrative office plus its ‘Eelam’ monument was also found in the centre of the Mallavi town.
The hospital, schools and other buildings in the town were all captured and booby traps removed by the Army by this evening.
Mallavi also has the largest government hospital in the area. Tigers had built a bunker line with filled sandbags along the main corridor of the well-equipped Mallavi Base Hospital complex, of which more than three spacious rooms had been used by LTTE as their administrative centers. The hospital walls were found plastered with portraits of Prabakaran and late Thamil Chelvam. The hospital complex with more than thirteen big buildings, including marble-tiled wards was largely sans hospital beds, since most of them have been taken away by Tigers for metal work or production of explosives before troops rolled in.
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