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Troops take key village, kill 60 LTTE
“Charles Antony” commanders, Gobith and Amuthab, killed
Many Tiger bodies and T-56 weapons recovered

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Two top LTTE commanders, Gobith and Amuthab, who headed a special unit named after Prabhakaran’s son “Charles Antony”, were killed in fierce fighting in which troops wrested the village of Anandapuram, Defence Ministry sources said. Troops moved into Anandapuram, which the tigers had been using as a logistics base, after intense clashes on Thursday. Two senior LTTE leaders were among 47 rebels killed in Thursday’s fighting.

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The 58 Division troops engaged in search and clear operations in the area in the North East Puthukudiyiruppu yesterday recovered a bullet proof limousine confirmed to have been used by Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, close to a luxury air-conditioned bungalow inside the one Square Km terrain surrounded by the Security Forces on Wednesday. The luxury bullet proof car was recovered along with four more burnt cars closer to the luxury house. The 58 Division troops engaged in search and clear operation in that terrain have recovered 45 Tiger bodies inside this terrain during the search and clear operations conducted yesterday. Earlier they recovered 21 Tiger bodies and 60 T-56 weapons.

The entire Puthukudiyiruppu township and Iranapalai area came under Security Forces control 2 days ago, with 58 Division troops and 53 Division troops surrounding the last terrain controlled by the LTTE in the North East of Puthukudiyiruppu after capturing Pachchapulmudai junction the last supply route connected to the No Fire Zone from the mainland under 58 Division troops control. The 58 Division troops took control of Pachchapulmudai junction on the Puthukudiyiruppu Ampalavanpokkanai Road the last supply route linked to the No Fire Zone after a fierce battle with the LTTE. The LTTE used this supply route to send reinforcements to the Puthukudiyiruppu area through the lagoon that separates the No Fire Zone from the mainland. Earlier the 58 Division troops captured and cut off the Puthukudiyiruppu-Puthumattalan road and another road leading to Ampalavanpokkanai from the North of Iranapalai. The Task Force 8 troops operating under the command of Colonel G.V. Ravipriya cut off the links the LTTE had to Puthukudiyiruppu through the A-35 road.

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In another confrontation, police commandos killed 13 Tiger rebels in the eastern district of Ampara on Friday, the military said. At least 13 LTTE cadres, including an explosive expert, identified the leader of the unit, Kandaiah Sarawanandam alias Paramanadam masterwere were killed, when Police commandos of the Special Task Force ambushed them yesterday morning at Kongahahela, Lahugala in the Ampara district. The attack on the LTTE infiltrators had taken place close to the 10th Milepost in Lahugala, around 9.30 am. The area belongs to the northern part of the Yala Sanctuary. This terrorist unit is believed to be behind a spate of killings carried out by the LTTE in Buttala and Moneragala areas in the recent past with the intention of destabilising the civilian life.

Paramanandam master, hailing from Malwatte, Ampara had joined the LTTE in 1995 and is believed to be the mastermind of several bomb attacks and a spate of civilian killings carried out in the area recently, as an attempt to divert attention of the security forces. The STF said that they had found bodies of two female LTTE cadres as well among the 13 dead.

Earlier in the week, on Monday, The Navy obstructed an attempted LTTE infiltration and killed senior Sea Tiger leader Maran and several senior LTTE cadres in a pre-emptive attack yesterday. Four LTTE boats were also destroyed. Acting Navy spokesman Commander Mahesh Karunaratne said a fierce sea battle raged in the seas off Mullaitivu from 12.00 midnight and lasted until 4.00am yesterday. “The Naval patrol deployed in Silawathai and Chundikulam initially observed three LTTE boats deployed from Puthumathalan coming towards Chalai. The Navy deploying the Small Boat Squadron and the Rapid Action Boat Squadron launched a barrage of fire and destroyed all three Sea Tiger boats. “Following the incident, another LTTE boat was spotted in the same area and the Naval patrol RABS destroyed the Tiger boat”, Commander Karunaratne told. LTTE communication intercepts revealed that a Sea Tiger leader ‘Maran’ and several senior Sea Tigers were killed. “At least 26 Sea Tigers were killed and four LTTE boats completely destroyed in the sea battle,” he added.

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