Kilinochchi Battlefield

SLAF jets, helicopter gunships raid LTTE positions at Paranthan-Kilinochchi

12/31/2008 7:15:01 PM - SLAF fighter jets, MI-24 helicopter gunships made successive ground-support air assaults at identified LTTE resistance positions and mobile units in general area Paranthan, today (Dec 31).

The air strikes were carried out since 12.30p.m, Air Force Spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said. At 12.30p.m, MI-24 helicopter gunships made initial attacks at LTTE, followed by 2 consecutive raids East and South of the Paranthan junction at 12.45p.m., and 2.45p.m, respectively.

The raids were concentrated at LTTE resistance positions while another attack was carried out at an LTTE command post and 2 vehicles fitted with anti-air craft guns in the Paranthan junction. The command post was destroyed along with a vehicle Spokesperson, Wing Commander Nanayakkara said, adding that the other vehicle was also damaged in the air strike.

Fall of Paranthan imminent; troops marching into the built up

12/31/2008 7:13:06 PM - Sri Lanka Army Task Force 1 troops are on the verge of scoring another historic victory by liberating the strategically located Paranthan town, reveal battlefield sources. Troops gained total control over the Thadduwankoddy and Komarikudakulam villages edging the Paranthan built up by last afternoon (Dec 30).

According to the battlefield reports, troops while advancing towards Paranthan had several confrontations with the terrorist in the area South of B-69 (Pooneryn- Paranthan) road during daytime. Heavy confrontations were reported around 9.30 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM resulting severe damages to the terrorist. Troops found 6 bodies of LTTE cadres during clearing operations.

Meanwhile, snipers deployed on the forward boundaries reported killing of 6 LTTE cadres during the day. Separate confrontations erupted around 7 to 7.30 in the evening elsewhere on the battlefront when troops made further advanced towards east. Troops claimed heavy damages to the terrorists

Defence observers are in the view that fall of Paranthan would open a gateway to the LTTE's last defences in the Vaddakachchi , and Puthukkudiyiruppu areas on the A-35 road (Paranthan- Mullaittivu).

Fighting continues at the Kilinochchi built-up

12/31/2008 3:16:59 PM - Fighting broke out between troops and LTTE terrorists at the fringes of the Kilinochchi built-up yesterday (Dec 30), while military confirmed severe losses to LTTE during the confrontations.

Army forward domination elements have reportedly breached the heavily fortified LTTE defence lines in several locations North of Akkarayankulama and North of Iranamadu and taken the battles into the terrorist den, defence sources said.

57 Division troops entered the Kilinochchi built-up after intense fighting with LTTE

According to ground sources, terrorists have lost their dominance over the earth bund cum ditch surrounding Kilinochchi following days of heavy fighting with security forces.

The Kilinochchi battlefront is now more tensed as some of the fighting elements of the 57 Div have already entered into the Kilinochchi built-up and are engaging the terrorist hideouts.

Troops met with intermittent LTTE resistance during advances made in the area throughout yesterday, security sources further said.

Meanwhile, ground sources revealed that terrorists are resorting to cowardly tactics taking shelter at government buildings, schools and vacated offices of aid agencies aimed at evading military attacks also making way for collateral damage in the cause.

Counter terrorist operations are continuing in the area as troops make-way for an imminent victory in the battle for Kilinochchi, security sources said.

Counter terrorist operations intensify as LTTE face defeat at Wanni

12/31/2008 6:04:38 PM - Multi-pronged counter terrorist operations continued at the Wanni battlefront, Tuesday (Dec 30) as 59 Division, Task Force -2, TF-3 and TF-4 troops made progressive advances in the areas of concern, security sources said. Troops of the 59 Division operating in general areas South of Chilawatte, East of Kanukkeni, Kulamurippu and Vattapalai met with intermittent LTTE resistances, the sources added.

Meanwhile, TF- 2 troops operating from the Vavuniya- Mullaittivu boarder confronted with LTTE terrorists in general area North of Periyamadu on several occasions, subsequently recovering a T-56 assault riffle, magazine and a 5kg claymore mine, security sources said.

T56 assault riffle
TF-3 troops also made effective advances into the non-liberated areas east of Karupaddamurippu yesterday, while separate confrontations with LTTE terrorists were reported in general area North of Admapan, at around 2.30p.m.

Also, TF -4 infantrymen observing an LTTE terrorist movement engaged small arms and mortar fire while military confirmed killing 4 terrorists in general area Oddusudan, Tuesday at 4.20 p.m.

Army TF 1 less than 2 km from away Paranthan

12/30/2008 11:47:45 PM - Army Task Force 1 troops have beaten off the terrorists from Thadduwankoddy and Komarikudakulam areas lying 2 km West of the Paranthan junction this afternoon (Dec 30), battlefield sources said. According to the sources, troops have inflicted heavy damages to the terrorist and seized some of their weapons during the clashes prevailed in the area. With the progress made by the soldiers today the liberation of strategically important Paranthan town is imminent, the sources added.

A commanding officer inspecting a captured LTTE defence- West of Kilinochchi (30 Dec)

A soldier walking beside a captured LTTE bunker -West of kilinochchi(30 Dec)

Army 57 division soldiers have edged into the Kilinochchi built up

Meanwhile, troops of 57 Division has been able to extend their forward boundaries further towards the Kilinochchi town. Some of the fighting elements have already edged into the Kilinochchi built up, the sources in the filed said.
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