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 Post subject: LTTE suffers heavy beating: 36 bodies found - Mallavi
 Post Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 8:34 am 
LTTE suffers heavy beating: 36 bodies found, over 55 killed - Mallavi
Eight senior LTTE cadres of the 'Charles Anthony' killed

The senior LTTE killed were identified as Pallavan, Ambumani, Selvakannan, Sellappu, Muhi, Illambu, Sudar and Jenathan who were at the commanding level of the 'Charles Anthony' band in Mannar sector. LTTE outfit have given self-styled rank of "Lieutenant Colonel" to Pallavan and Ambumani. Twenty-three T-56 weapons, one Rocket Propeller Gun (RPG) and fourteen radio sets were also found by the troops. On Thursday troops captured one 120 mm mortar launcher, two 80 mm launchers and five T-56 guns after the battle in Vavunikulam tank area. This is the first time to capture 3 LTTE mortar launchers in one place in the operation. Troops also recovered 7 LTTE bodies.

Saturday, 26 July 2008
@ MCNS/CDN


Troops in 57 Division and Special Forces engaged in consolidation operations in north of Vavunikulam, in combined Mannar and Vavuniya front, have found 36 bodies of the LTTE along with a large stock of arms and ammunition in the evening of July 25, 2008 a latest report received from the battle front says. Eight senior LTTE cadres of the 'Charles Anthony' band were also among the LTTE killed.

This is the largest recovery of Tiger bodies by the Security Forces engaged in the Wanni liberation operation. Earlier the troops attached to the 57 Division recovered 25 bodies of the Charles Anthony Brigade after launching an attack on 5-4 Base located in Cheeraddikulam area.

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The senior LTTE Terrorists killed during fierce battle were identified as Pallavan, Ambumani, Selvakannan, Sellappu, Muhi, Illambu, Sudar and Jenathan who were at the commanding level of the 'Charles Anthony' band in Mannar sector. LTTE outfit have given self-styled rank of "Lieutenant Colonel" to the Pallavan and Ambumani, the report further added.

Twenty-three T-56 weapons, one Rocket Propeller Gun (RPG), fourteen radio sets, four RPG rounds, two hand grenades, 1.5 kg of explosives, six T-56 magazines, one 15 m long detonator code, one motor cycle and several explosive items left behind or used by dead Tigers were also found by the troops from the consolidating areas.

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The bodies were found after the troops successfully repulsed a LTTE counter-attack on Vavunikulam tank bund south of Mallavi, which the troops captured earlier.

According to MCNS, 8 soldiers laid down their lives on the battlefield while 13 others suffered wounds.

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said among the dead were Pallavan and Anbuwan from the elite Charles Anthony brigade of the Tigers.

”So far the troops have collected 36 Tiger bodies in the Vavunikulam area killing more than 55 of them during the battle to capture Vavunikulam tank bund and the subsequent attack to repulse the counter attack by the LTTE to regain control of the area,” Brigadier Nanayakkara said.

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The troops attached to the 57 Division under the command of Major General Jagath Dias who are advancing towards Thunukkai and Mallavi, the second most important administrative centre of the LTTE, on Thursday captured the Vavunikulam tank bund area and another ten square kilometres adjacent to the Vavunikulam tank bund killing 25 Tiger cadres.

“Troops attached to the 57 Division repulsed the Tiger counter attack in Vaunikulam tank area on Thursday night killing 29 Tiger cadres from the elite Charles Anthony Brigade,” the Brigadier added.

Troops are now consolidating their positions in Vavunikulam area, the Brigadier added.

During the battle in Vavunikulam tank area on Thursday troops captured one 120 mm mortar launcher, two 80 mm launchers and five T-56 guns and recovered 7 LTTE bodies.

According to ground sources LTTE leaders including Bhanu and Lakshman are in an utterly confused situation after they suffered heavy damage during these battles. They are on the retreat unable to withstand the Security Forces attack.

”Tiger cadres are withdrawing from the area further towards Kilinochchi following this attack,” ground sources added.

Thunukkai and Mallavi are the next targets of the Security Forces now engaged in the Wanni liberation operation.


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