Troops operating under Army 59 division yesterday (July 4) captured an LTTE base called "Michael Base", said the defence sources on the Welioya front. According to the sources, the LTTE camp is one of the strategic satellite bases of the LTTE's main "One Four Base" Complex situated inside the Mulaithiuvu jungle.
Troops marching towards North of Janakapura, into the Mulaithiuvu, made this capture after 3 days of fierce fighting. Soldiers entered into the camp after beating off the enemy last morning and declared the area secured by afternoon.
The structure of the base extends over 200 square meters that includes
several underground defences. The main underground complex covers about 50 square meters and is made out of thick concrete. An underground bunker and 5 damaged buildings were also found inside the camp premises. The camp was provided with a water supply system and other sanitary facilities to its inmates.
Troops believe at least 17 LTTE cadres were killed in this operation.
Earlier, soldiers of army 59 division captured the Munnagam Base, the strategic transit base between LTTE's main bastions in Mulaithiuvu and the Southern parts of the country. The Michael Base is located about 7 Km from Janakapura, inside the jungle and about 3 Km northwards from the Munnagam Base.
Troops are consolidating the new positions at present.
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