Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Troops capture Chundikulam - Entire Jaffna Peninsula liberated

A senior LTTE sea tiger leader identified as "Lieutenant Colonel Thiru" was killed along with several others in this attack.

Today (Jan 14) evening, troops of 55 division gained control of Chundikulam area in Jaffna. With the liberation of Chundikulam, troops have gained control of the entire Jaffna peninsula.

A senior LTTE Sea Tiger leader identified only as 'Thiru' was killed during the battle to takeover the Chundikulam area while troops also captured 100 boats, a number of vehicles, 400 anti-personnel mines and 40 anti-tank mines, military spokesman Uday Nanayakkara said.

"With this, the last land on Jaffna has been liberated from the LTTE," he told. The northern peninsula is strategically located and has long been a prize catch for both the warring sides in the island's decades-old ethnic strife. "We believe the rebels have suffered heavy casualties but the bodies must have been removed by other LTTE cadres. The Army has suffered no casualty," Nanayakkara said.

(Media Centre for National Security)