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Naval Commandos of the Special Boat Squadron destroyed two medium sized LTTE craft near the seas off Pooneryn around 11PM last night. SBS units mounted the attack once they detected the LTTE boats bound to Kalmunai point from Pooneryn coastline. It is believed that all 8 cadres on board were killed in the incident but there is no confirmation yet on this claim. SBS units suffered no casualties.

Meanwhile sporadic fighting was going on in Wanni front near Akkarayankulam and Kokavil areas. In Kolinochchi, tigers have moved most of their offices elsewhere. Confirming previous intel reports, majority of the civilians in Kilinochchi have also been forcibly moved to Puthukuduiruippu and VIshwamadu areas. Gains in Kokavil are significant as the area has been under LTTE control for more than 15 years. Kokavil once housed a small SLA base which the tigers overran in 1990. It is in this battle Capt. Saliya Aladeniya died a heroic death fighting for hours while being outnumbered, outgunned and without reinforcements.

Meanwhile SLAF jets struck a LTTE position north of Vennerikulam yesterday evening at 4PM. SLAF have intensified their Air attacks as intelligence information is now more readily available as a result of army advances deep inside LTTE territory. In other news, Tiger sympathizers across the world have been greatly worried about SLAF’s new weapon; the FAB or the Fuel Air Bomb. SLAF used FABs to engage LTTE targets in Wanni last week, causing panic among tigers and their supports around the globe. Although FAB will not be ideal for Decapitation strikes (due to LTTE safe houses usually built deep underground), it could be used to destroy elite LTTE formations which form the back bone of LTTE’s military machine.

(Defence Net)

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Suicide attacks have killed nearly 1,200 people in Pakistan since July 2007, most of them civilians, according to military statistics Monday that underscored the ferocity of the threat facing the U.S. ally in the war on extremist groups. Meanwhile, heavy fighting between Pakistani troops and insurgents in the lawless tribal regions of the country’s northwest has caused some 20,000 Pakistanis to flee across the border into Afghanistan, the United Nations said.

Nuclear-armed Pakistan has seen a surge in attacks by Islamic extremists since the July 2007 army attack on militants holed up in Islamabad’s radical Red Mosque, during which about 100 people were killed.

(Nashuatelegraph.com)

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Suicide attacks have killed nearly 1,200 people in Pakistan since July 2007, most of them civilians, according to military statistics Monday that underscored the ferocity of the threat facing the U.S. ally in the war on extremist groups. Meanwhile, heavy fighting between Pakistani troops and insurgents in the lawless tribal regions of the country’s northwest has caused some 20,000 Pakistanis to flee across the border into Afghanistan, the United Nations said.

Nuclear-armed Pakistan has seen a surge in attacks by Islamic extremists since the July 2007 army attack on militants holed up in Islamabad’s radical Red Mosque, during which about 100 people were killed.

(Nashuatelegraph.com)

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An explosion occurred in Malwaththa Road, Colombo a short while ago. According to available information 6 vehicles have been damaged in the incident. No human casualties have been reported so far.

It is believed that the bomb was placed inside a parked vehicle.

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The Army had closed in on the Mankulam-Iranamadu road (A-9) by last evening. In some areas, the former gap of 1km to the A-9 has been reduced to 300m due to ongoing operations. Fighting is ongoing in Kokavil area where LTTE units are being gradually encircled by troops.

Commanders have taken steps to maintain safe passage for civilians along the A-9. The 58 Division has also been gradually eating away at LTTE resistance along the Nachchikuda-Akkarayan road. The current lull in the battlefield is due to extra precautions to ensure safe passage for civilians.

Kilinochchi Town has now been emptied of civilians and only LTTE units move in and around the area, LRRP and intelligence units have confirmed. But all-out war for Kilinochchi could make the A-9 dangerously unsafe for civilians who are willing to escape.

Civilians have been moved to other civilian houses, schools and other buildings at Vishwamadu and Puthukudiirippu areas by the LTTE. 38 of these captives escaped via sea and reached Weli Oya recently but the large majority are yet to escape LTTE clutches.

While a cat and mouse game goes on with regard to civilians, LTTE units have been gradually recalled from Muhamalai and Nagarkovil lines into Kilinochchi for what intelligence sources believe could be the final push they have been awaiting. 150 more cadres had reached Kilinochchi last week.

Evidence of cadre movements were uncovered by ground troops on Friday morning when Army units conducting limited operations at the Muhamalai FDL discovered that some of the LTTE lines have been emptied of its cadres. Although it is usually the LTTE’s practice to abandon the lines during daytime, it is unusual to empty them at night and in the morning. This trend is observed even at Nagarkovil.

Military commanders have continued with the small group operations in these areas despite the observation as large group operations have been vulnerable to indirect attacks several times before.

Meanwhile LTTE’s insurgent operations in the east are still continuing primarily in STF controlled areas. STF was withdrawn from Batticaloa town following several attacks against the Security Forces by LTTE infiltrators. The Army filled in the void and sent in two Military Intelligence teams headed by two officers from Trincomalee. All infiltrators were systematically identified and gunned down. However unless similar steps are taken in STF controlled areas, insurgents may launch sporadic attacks. Possibility of large attacks can be largely overruled at this time.

(Defence Wire)

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