Army 59 Div captures LTTE camp and a boat manufacturing factory- South of Puthukkudiyiruppu

Sri Lanka Army 59 Divisions soldiers lead by Brigadier Nandana Udawatta yesterday (Jan 17) entered into the South of Puthukkudiyiruppu jungle areas. According to the battlefield reports, troops have captured a highly fortified LTTE camp and a boat manufacturing factory from the Maruthampuvel area during yesterday's (Jan 17) operations.

Infantrymen of 12 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (12 SLLI) extended their forward boundaries further towards Puthukkudiyiruppu LTTE stronghold amidst intense resistance from the terrorists. Troops following heavy clashes, found 7 bodies of male LTTE cadres along with 7 T-56 riffles with 1000 ammunition and 1 light machine gun (LMG). Troops are now consolidating their positions about 6 km south of Puthukkudiyiruppu.

Meanwhile, infantrymen of 14 Gajaba Regiment (14 GR) captured a highly fortified LTTE camp located in the Maruthampuvel area following daylong clashes with the terrorists. Troops found 06 overhead bunkers, 02 permanent buildings, and 06 temporary huts inside the terrorist camp. Also, troops found 3 T-56 riffles and a radio communication set following clashes erupted elsewhere. Intercepted radio communications revealed heavy damages to the terrorists.

Infantrymen of 4 Vijayaba Infantry Regiment (4 VIR) captured a sophisticated boat manufacturing facility of the LTTE located north of Maruthampuvel last night. Troops found 2 fast attack boats, 2 water jets and 7 small boats used for suicide missions inside the facility suspected to be funded by foreign NGOs. Elsewhere, troops engaged in daylong clashes with the terrorist and found a body of a slain LTTE cadre.(

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