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 Post subject: Troops capture 152mm artillery gun - Visuamadu
 Post Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:03 pm 
Tigers Flee Abandoning Dead and assets
Troops capture 152mm artillery gun, 35 ft Long Submarine, Unicorn and more

Task Forces II and IV met stiff resistance from the LTTE in the general areas of Udayakattu and Pallaikudirippu during the whole of Wednesday (28). Around fifty tigers are believed to have perished in those clashes and over one hundred and fifty would have wounded. Four soldiers had gone missing during the peak of the battle.

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Thursday 29, January 2009
Source: MOD


10 Gajaba Regiment (GR) troops under the command of Major Janaka Uduowita in Mullaittivu have captured a 152mm artillery gun along with 70 empty ammunition cases in general area Northeast of Visuamadu, this morning military said. According to ground sources, LTTE has fled in total disarray leaving the artillery gun which was dismantled and prepared for transportation. The gun a security official said adding that the artillery piece is in good operational condition.

10GR is one of the infantry battalions operating under the 58 Division, Northeast of Visuamadu at the Mullaittivu battlefront. The 152mm artillery gun is an area neutralization weapon used in the battlefields with effective firing ranges between 17km - 24 km.

In the mean time, Task Force 3 found an LTTE underwater vehicle along with 3 other smaller underwater vehicles which are still under construction from the Udayarkattukulam area in Mullaittivu. Military sources said that this was the most startling recovery made by troops so far during the on going operations against the LTTE. Three suicide boats and a large haul of LTTE maritime equipmentwere also found at the location , the sources added.

The sources further revealed , the largest underwater vehicle found is about 35 feet in length and amour plated. Among the other items found , there were, three pedal-type suicide boats, one Dvora-type fast attack craft, two lorries, two buses, one truck, one heavy duty generator, one water bowzer trailer, one bowzer, filled with kerosene, two large lathe machines, two powerful compressors, one welding plant, a number of electric motors, one large lifting jack, many boats and vehicle engines, three hangar-shaped buildings of 75 ft x 15 ft each, fifteen small tiled-houses of 20 ft x 30 ft with full air conditioning and five tiled-billets of 25 ft x 100 ft with full air conditioning. The discovery was made by the infantrymen of 4 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (4 SLLI) commanded by Major Najeewa Edirisinghe.

The troops of the 574 brigade of the army commanded by Lt. Colonel Senaka Wijesuriya have found a LTTE bomb manufacturing plant and a prison in the north of Kalmadu.

In the meantime, Task Forces II and IV met stiff resistance from the LTTE in the general areas of Udayakattu and Pallaikudirippu where heavy fighting ensued during the whole of Wednesday (28). Around fifty tigers are believed to have perished in those clashes and over one hundred and fifty would have suffered during the clashes. Four soldiers had gone missing during the peak of the battle.

Task Force II troops confronted LTTE in Pallaikudirippu area and captured a LTTE camp with fifteen bunkers and many vehicles including one unicorn, two jeeps, one bowzer, one cab and one tractor. Task Force II captured another LTTE base camp with five buildings and one electric generator from the area.

Meanwhile, the army headquarters says Task Force 3 commanded by Colonel Nishantha Wanniarahchi has advanced closer to the Pudukudiyirippu town. The military hopes that the town will fall to the security forces soon.


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