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 Post subject: Ramesh injured, 2 sea tiger leaders killed
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:44 pm 
Ramesh injured, 2 sea tiger leaders killed

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Friday, December 19, 2008 / @ Agencies

A top LTTE leader, Ramesh had been injured in the battle front after being hit by a mortar at Kilinochchi, military confirmed based on intercepted LTTE communications. Ramesh had been “commander” under Karuna Amman before the spilt.

Air Force helicopters attacked a flotilla of LTTE boats in the Kilaly lagoon this morning 19 December. Six Sea tigers including, two LTTE sea tiger leaders were killed in the air attack launched by the SLAF MI-24 helicopter gun ships. Air Force sources confirmed citing Electronic Warfare sources, two woman LTTE sea tiger leaders, Suhandini and Siran, were killed in the air attack launched around 11.45 am targeting LTTE boats in Kilaly lagoon area. One LTTE boat was completely destroyed while several others sustained damages due to the bombardment, Air Force sources said.

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Troops attached to Task Force 1 (TF1) have breached the LTTE built earth bund following heavy confrontations in general area Nivil last afternoon, 18 December, the military said. LTTE have launched a counter attacks to recapture LTTE built earth bund late evening while troops engaged in consolidating operations. Troops successfully repulsed the LTTE attempts inflicting maximum damages to the enemy.

Troops destroyed a few more LTTE bunkers on the earth bund before the troops crossed it and dominated an area of about two hundred meters in length, away from the pierced earth bund. Surpassing difficult and muddy terrains, some of which have been completely wrecked and washed away due to torrential rains, troops steadily and slowly closed in on the LTTE earth bund of 8 ft in height, amidst heavy resistance of the LTTE.

Meanwhile, in a separate confrontation took place in general area Adampan, LTTE received more casualties, ground troops confirmed. The confrontation occurred when troops attacked at detected group of LTTE terrorists around 12.55pm.

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Sri Lanka Air Force MI-24 helicopter gun ships carried out series of air raids targeting LTTE defences in Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu fronts assisting the ground troops on multi-pronged offensive this morning, 19 December. Air Force said that an LTTE defence line observed in 3Km east of Iranamadu junction in Kilinochchi front was targeted around 9.30 am. The air sorties launched in support of ground troops of 57 Division. Another air raid was launched targeting LTTE defences observed 2Km east of Mullaiyaweli in Mullaittivu front around 10.00 am. The air attacks were launched to assist the ground troops of 59 Division heading towards LTTE bastion Mullaittivu.

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Meanwhile, LTTE's defence line located west of Paranthan was also raided by the SLAF MI-24 helicopters around 11.45 am today. The air attacks were launched in support of troops of Task Force 1 who have successfully breach the LTTE built earth bund yesterday.


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