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 Post Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 8:27 pm 
Sri Lanka take more Tiger bases
More than 3,000 civilians crossed the frontlines

As the Sri Lankan troops prepare for a "final show down" with the LTTE, President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday asked the Tamil Tiger rebels to surrender and face the realities, saying the time for "myths are all over".

Friday, February 06, 2009
@ Agencies/The Hindu


Sri Lankan troops captured several Tamil Tiger supply bases on Friday, a day after overrunning the tigers' last and largest naval base, military officials said. More than 3,000 civilians crossed the frontlines to the government-designated safe zones as troops captured the personal security headquarters of Tiger supremo V Prabhakaran at Visuamadukulam in the island's north today in their final push against the beleaguered LTTE.

Troops of the 57 Division operating East of Visuamadu have taken total control over a main base complex of the LTTE's 'Radha Regiment', Friday morning. According to military reports, the base was located in Theravilkulam area, aligned to the A-35 Paranthan- Mullaittivu main road, and considered to be a main training and operational facility of the LTTE. Training had been conducted especially for the LTTE's 'Victor Anti Tank unit', a sub unit of the 'Radha regiment', security sources said.

Security forces seized a large quantity of automatic assault rifles, detonators and hand grenades from two camps of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the district of Mullaittivu, a military official said.

"Clearing operations are now under way," the official said, adding that troops were consolidating their hold on the Chalai Sea Tiger base, which was taken on Thursday.

With the fall of Chalai, the Tigers only have access to 20 kilometres (12 miles) of coastline in the northeastern district.

As the Sri Lankan troops prepare for a "final show down" with the LTTE, President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday asked the Tamil Tiger rebels to surrender and face the realities, saying the time for "myths are all over".

"Government troops have almost overran the last bastions of the LTTE in the North and the stage is set for the final show down," Rajapaksa said at a public function at Kandy.

Asking the LTTE to lay down arms and surrender, Rajapaksa said it was time for the rebels to face the realities in the wake of most of its areas being captured by the security forces.

"For the LTTE, myths are all over. It's time for them to face realities. Sri Lankans or the world communities at large are not dumb, blind of deaf to facts. They are aware of the fact that there is no more LTTE potential to come back, but to flee in fright," Rajapaksa told his supporters in the city, 115 kms North East of the capital.


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