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 Post subject: Troops enter No-Fire-Zone, 59 Division troops advance
 Post Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 2:10 pm 
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Troops enter No-Fire-Zone
North-bound troops of the 59 Division advance further

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Government troops have entered a part of the 2.5 kilometres long no- fire- zone in Vellamullivaikkal this morning, government spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said. He added that LTTE leader V.Prabhakaran is believed to be trapped in this area. Military spokesman Brig Udaya Nanayakkara said that in two separte incidents at least 35 LTTE cadres were killed as troops were entering the 'safety zone'.

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North-bound, troops from the 59 Division troops led by Brigadier Prasanna Silva advanced further crossing the LTTE constructed earth bund c-um ditch North of the Wadduvakal causeway, early this morning (May 12). According to latest military reports, the initial forward military thrust made by 6 SLLI and 12 SLLI infantrymen was followed by the induction of Special Forces resulting in a rapid wipe-out of the remaining terrorist resistance in the area. Troops have advanced 300m further into LTTE defences after consolidating positions at the Wadduvakal causeway, military said.

The capture of the causeway and adjacent territory would open-up another alternative escape route for the civilians held hostage by LTTE terrorists. Not only troops have secured the Wadduvakal causeway, entrance to the Mullaittivu shallow waters, but also denied LTTE the use of the Nanthikadal lagoon minimizing concentrated LTTE attacks at fleeing civilians, an observer said.

Terrorists' put-on stiff resistances backed by heavy artillery and mortar fire mounted from the newly declared 2km long civilian safe zone (CSZ) at Vellamullivaikkal since the early hours, military said. The ground advances are made in steady phase with total consideration of avoiding civilian casualties while ensuring safe passage from the LTTE clutches, an area military official said. According to intercepted LTTE communication, senior cadres and those newly recruited at the forward battle lines were engaged in heated arguments blaming each other for the recent debacle.

Meanwhile, three LTTE suicide bombers hiding inside underground bunkers have blown themselves as advancing 58 Division troops closed-in on them. At least 10 terrorists were killed and several soldiers injured due to the explosions this morning, security forces further said. The injured soldiers were evacuated for medical treatment, according to military.

Furthermore, 58 Div troops have uncovered 25 slain LTTE bodies, 20 T-56 assault riffles, 01 LMG assault gun and an I-com set following hours of fierce fighting ensued in general area Karayanmullivaikkal.

Two more anti aircraft guns belonging to LTTE along with a few more weapons and ammunitions were found by the troops during a search and clear operation in the newly-captured Karayanmullivaikkai area in Mullaitivu on Sunday. The army headquarters said both weapons of six barrels with 27 mm calibre, mounted on two double cabs had been left behind by terrorists as the troops were rolling onto the area a few days ago.

In addition, one 30 mm cannon gun, three hundred and seven 30 mm ammunition rounds, three paddle gun ammunition, one Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG) tripod, fourteen T 56 weapons, two hundred seven rounds of 12.7 mm ammunition, three I-com sets, three suicide jackets, one suicide water scooter and two claymore mines were among the other items found from the area. The same day, troops in the general areas of Visuamadu uncovered eleven Out Board Motors (OBM), thirty four claymore mines, one T-56 weapon, 1 kg of high explosives and thirteen maps.

Meanwhile, troops engaged in continuous search and clear operations in the general areas of Mullaitivu, Kokavil, Alleiwewa south and Kayhankudi found one Light Machine Gun (LMG), eighty two thousand three hundred fifty rounds of T-56 ammunition, one thousand and ninety seven anti personnel mines, ten 15 kg vehicle bombs and one hundred fifty six detonator cords.


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