|Muhamalai, Elephant Pass captured
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Muhamalai, Elephant Pass captured
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Sri Lankan troops today overran Tamil Tigers most fortified defence line at Muhamalai in Jaffna peninsula, in a swift and daring incursion gaining 500 metres territory, the army said.
The seizure of Muhamalai defence line came as government forces have launched a major operation to link up troops from the Jaffna with those advancing from Kilinochchi." LTTE militants were caught in total disarray following concentrated armour and infantry assaults backed by heavy artillery which left scores of rebels killed and many others wounded,"officials said.
According to military sources, the combined 53 and 55 Division troops have seized control over the entire LTTE defence line, North of A-9, while fighting still continues in the remaining LTTE positions, south of the A-9 main road.
The LTTE cadres have withdrawn further south-east after receiving heavy beating, the sources said. Separately, army inflicted damages on the LTTE fighters in two different incidents at Murasumoddei near Kilinochchi and in the Vaddakkachchi area last afternoon, the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said.
Both LTTE cadres and the troops sustained minor damages in two different confrontations in the Kilaly area of Jaffna yesterday, the Media Centre said.
Troops are in full control of Iranamadu air strip from where Tigers launched many a surprise air raids deep into government controlled areas including the capital Colombo, but there is yet no inkling of the fate of air force of the LTTE. Apparently the Tigers had moved their Czech made fighters.
Government forces are also within striking distance of two more Air Tiger air strips located just outside the LTTE's last bastion of Mullaittivu and hope to obliterate the Tiger's fledgling Air arm.
"As per our estimates as many as 4,073 LTTE fighters have been killed in the past 14 months, while the LTTE intercepts admit they have lost 3,447 cadres with injuries to another 2,197 of their fighters", Major Gen NAJC Dias, the General Officer Commanding of the 57 division told reporters.
Security Forces yesterday reached Elephant Pass with the 58 Division troops capturing the entire southern part it and further advancing towards the North to capture it the entirely, Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka said yesterday.
According to military sources the troops of the 58 Division under the command of Brigadier Shavendra Silva have captured the area south of Elephant Pass causeway including the area in which the monument of Hasalaka Gamini who made the supreme sacrifice in defence of the Elephant Pass camp in 1991 and the southern part of the former military complex of the Army, by yesterday noon.
“They are in the process of advancing further North to take full control of the Elephant Pass area soon,” a senior military official told.
Heavy fighting erupted in the East of Paranthan and Elephant Pass South for the past two days as the LTTE made their maximum effort to stop the advance of the troops towards Elephant Pass and Murusamudai, East of Paranthan. According to military sources, 10 soldiers were killed and 23 others injured in the fierce battle in Elephant Pass and Murusamudai areas.
Meanwhile, MI 24 helicopter gunships of the Sri Lanka Air Force thwarted the LTTE effort to create another earth bund using their heavy earth moving equipment on Sunday whilst launching artillery attack towards the area.
The fall of Elephant Pass will mark the third biggest defeat for the LTTE within five days as they lost Paranthan and Kilinochchi within a span of 48 hours on January 1 and 2. The fall of Elephant Pass would be a heavy blow to the LTTE strategically for their operations in Muhamalai just as they lost their links to Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu with the fall of Paranthan and Elephant Pass.
“They have been left with only the coastal road from Cheminpiyanpattu to Mullaitivu which gets flooded most of the time,” he said.
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