Archive for August 22nd, 2008

Soldiers of Sri Lanka Army broke through LTTE defences today morning to capture the town of Tunukkai, despite LTTE attempts to reinforce the defence lines. Tunukkai was one of the larger towns under LTTE control and was besieged by the army 57 division for days. Special Forces (SF) units operating behind enemy lines assisted the infantry formations of the 57 division in the operation. Casualty details are not available.

Meanwhile the 58 division soldiers, assisted by commando units, were able to reach the first LTTE defence line in Nachchikuda, Kilinochchi where a major sea tiger base is located. Heavy LTTE resistance is expected in the coming days as this base is strategically important to LTTE operations in southern Kilinochchi as well as sea tiger movements along the North western coast.

(Defence Net)


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LTTE bases pounded

Sri Lanka’s Air Force launched attacks on Tamil Tiger rebels along the northern front lines on Thursday, while clashes killed eight rebels and two soldiers, said the military.

Helicopter gunships hit a rebel fortification early on Thursday in the northern district of Vavuniya, said Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara.

Hours later, helicopters attacked another rebel stronghold in the Mullaitivu district, he said. He said the attacks were launched in support of army troops fighting in those area. Details of damage and casualties were not available immediately, he said. Meanwhile, infantry clashes continued on Wednesday in Vavuniya, Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Welioya regions, said a military spokesman.

(The Hindu)

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Army troops attached to the 57 Division yesterday entered the strategically important Thunukkai town, an alternative hideout of LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in the Western flank of the Mullaitivu district, west of the Jaffna-Kandy A-9 road and are continuing search operation to flush out Tiger cadres, military sources told the Daily News last night.

“The fall of Thunukkai is imminent by Friday afternoon as troops are flushing out Tiger cadres,” Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka said. Meanwhile, military sources said that intermittent clashes erupted yesterday too with the LTTE, as troops entered this strategically important town to gain full control of it.

Sources said troops were poised for more clashes as LTTE was offering stiff resistance towards the advancing troops as they are on the verge of losing one of their strongholds in the Wanni.

Thunukkai is on the Mankulam-Vellankulam Road which connects the Jaffna-Kandy A-9 Road to the North Western coast. The capture of Thunukkai will mark a huge milestone in the Security Forces’ efforts to liberate the entire North from LTTE clutches as it would be a giant leap towards reaching the Tiger heartland Kilinochchi.

(Daily News)


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The arrest of State secretary of banned CPI (Maoist) Prasanna Pal alias Jaggu and zonal commander of Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundargarh Ranjan Rout alias Robin in Jagatsinghpur has once again confirmed the strong base the Naxals have in the coastal district.

The presence of Maoists in Jagatsinghpur district in not new and dates back to 2003 when Maoist literature was seized by the then Sundargarh SP and now DIG (North-Central) Y K Jethwa. Even top Maoist leader Sushil Da, who was arrested by West Bengal police, had visited Jagatsinghpur.

Reports of many youths of Jagatsinghpur working in the Local Regular Guerilla Squad (LRGS) and operating in the districts of Sundargarh, Sambalpur and Deogarh have also been received.

With the CPI (Maoist) known to be following the LTTE model of setup, it is believed that the preference of the district could be associated with the Naxals attempting to hit the waterways to take their movement forward. Moreover, it will also help them smuggle arms and ammunition without much surveillance.

Admitting this fact an expert in Naxal studies said it has been quite sometime now that Naxals in the border area of Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattishgarh have been using inflatable boats. Even after the Alampakka incident, they fled to Janbai from where they managed slip into a safe territory using a boat.

Informing that recently Malkangiri police seized a motor which was attached to an inflatable boat, he said Malkangiri is separated from Andhra by Sileru river and from Chhattisgarh by Saberi river.

Besides Sileru and Saberi, there is another inter-state river – Mahendratanaya – between Orissa and Andhra. Operationally this is the area where Naxals now have raised a boat wing to facilitate faster movement of cadres.

(New Indpress)

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