|Soosai Killed in air raid?
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Soosai missing as thousands flee war
Initial reports said it may have been a Prabhakaran hideout, but later was found to be an operational base for the LTTE's "Sea Tigers" naval wing. SLAF Jets returned and destroyed a backhoe digging up the bombed site, and another was called afterwards, according to monitored LTTE communications, he said. "That implies there was a leader. Otherwise they wouldn't dig that place up like that,".
Saturday, February 07, 2009
The Air Force says LTTE Sea Tiger leader Soosai was believed to have been at a location north east of Puthukudiruppu which was raided by jets yesterday. Several top Tigers had reportedly been killed in the attack
SLAF bombed a complex of bunkers with an apartment and communications dishes on Friday, killing at least 11 Tamil Tigers, air force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said. Initial reports said it may have been a Prabhakaran hideout, but later was found to be an operational base for the LTTE's "Sea Tigers" naval wing and its chief, Soosai, he said. "Intelligence reports say the whereabouts of Soosai is not known. He is now missing," Nanayakkara said. Later, jets returned and destroyed a backhoe digging up the bombed site, and another was called afterwards, according to monitored LTTE communications, he said.
"That implies there was a leader. Otherwise they wouldn't dig that place up like that,".
The number of people fleeing has gathered pace this week, and rose sharply on Friday. "Yesterday, 5,000 came out," military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said.
According to a military tally, around 10,800 civilians have fled this year -- 6,600 of those on Thursday and Friday alone. Aid groups say 250,000 are in the war zone. The government says the number is about half of that. People who escaped on Friday were brought to Kilinochchi, the town the rebels had declared as the capital of the separate state they wanted to create, Nanayakkara said. Troops seized it on January 2, first in a string of major victories this year.
They were due to be brought to Vavuniya, a north-central town where the government has major military and humanitarian facilities, Nanayakkara said. A witness in Vavuniya told Reuters that roughly 3,000 people had been brought there since Friday.
Troops of 57 Division attacked LTTE positions in Ramanadapuram south and Visvamadu east on Friday, Army said. During search that followed, troops have recovered LTTE weapons and vehicles from those areas. Troops also captured a LTTE camp and a Tiger burial ground closer to it. The burial ground consisted of about four thousand seven hundred Toombs of LTTE killed in different confrontations. In the camp, troops have recovered LTTE vehicles including a backhoe vehicle, a tractor and a TATA cab.
58 Division captured an LTTE camp in Thumarankulam and recovered six dead bodies of LTTE and wepons from the area, army further said.
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