Friday, April 17, 2009

53 Div seize control over LTTE built earth bund East of Puthukkudiyirippu

Sri Lankan security forces stepped-up fresh advances on Wednesday (April 15), towards the remaining non-liberated territory along the coast of Mullaittivu, following a government declared 48 hour unilateral humanitarian pause since Monday (13).

The military maneuvers are expected to set stage for the worlds' largest hostage rescue operation under taken by a conventional armed force in modern time according to defence observers. An estimated number of 40,000 odd people are believed kept forcibly by LTTE terrorists through sheer intimidation and torture inside the LTTE's 'open-human' prisons located at Puthumathalan, Valayarmadam and Vellamullivaikkal.

At least 13 terrorists were killed and 15 others reported injured during confrontations ensued between 53 Division troops and LTTE terrorists in general area East of Puthukkudiyirippu since the morning hours on Wednesday. According to ground sources, terrorists suffered another setback in its string of battlefront defeats as 53 Division infantrymen led by Major General Kamal Gunarathne seized total control over an LTTE built earth bund cum ditch in the outskirts of the No-Fire Zone.

6 more terrorists were killed sniped by 5th Gemunu Watch (GW) troops deployed at the battlefront. Meanwhile, troops have also uncovered one 130mm artillery gun trailer, 3 decomposed LTTE bodies, 9 T-56 assault riffles and an I-com set during subsequent search operation conducted in the area.