Monday, February 11, 2008

Tigers exploit Madhu No Fire Zone

MADHU: The LTTE has reverted to the tactic of taking cover of the ‘No Fire Zone’ in the holy Madhu shrine area as they got a heavy beating in the Vavuniya and Mannar fronts losing a large number of their cadres, Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said yesterday.

The LTTE resorted to this tactic on Saturday afternoon directing 81 mm mortar fire towards the troops in the Mannar sector taking the cover of the Madhu shrine area at 4.47 p.m. and 4.49 p.m.

However, troops refrained from retaliating in honour of their commitment to protect religious places during these confrontations.

This was amidst the LTTE was getting heavy beatings at the hand of the troops in Vavuniya, Mannar, Weli Oya and Jaffna battlefronts on Saturday.

“More than 15 Tiger cadres were killed on Saturday morning as troops were advancing toward Periyapandivirichchan,” Brigadier Nanayakkara added.

The LTTE fired mortar at the troops hours after the heavy losses in Periyapandivirichchan close to Madhu area. Three soldiers were killed and seven were wounded in action during this fierce battle in Periyapandivirichchan which is located some three kilometres south of Madhu shrine.

Tiger cadres operating in Periyapandivirichchan had withdrawn from the area along with their casualties after this fierce battle.

According to military sources the LTTE seems to have been highly disturbed by this situation as the advancing troops are poised to take full control of the Madhu area after they capture Periyapandivirichchan area.

The troops in Mullikulam area also confronted with Tiger cadres in three different incidents killing at least nine Tiger cadres.

Six soldiers also sustained injuries due to LTTE anti-personnel mines LTTE in Mullikulam and Thalayankulam. Meanwhile, heavy fighting erupted in Mannar sector too on Saturday as troops attached to Task Force-1 continued their advance in the Adampan area.

The troops in Muhamalai and Nagarkovil in the Jaffna battle front also killed seven LTTE cadres after confronting them in three separate incidents on Saturday, Brigadier Nanayakkara added.

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