Thursday, July 17, 2008

SLAF raids LTTE gathering - north of Vidattaltivu

Sri Lanka Air Force MI-24 helicopter gun ships raided an LTTE gathering in general area Iluppaikkadavai, 5Km north of Vidattaltivu, this noon, July 17.

The Air Force spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara speaking to said that the close air support mission to support ground troops was launched around 12.15 p.m observing a gathering of the LTTE cadres by the air surveillances continuously conducting in these areas.

By monitoring the LTTE radio communication following the bombardment, it is observed that terrorists have asked for more vehicles to evacuate their casualties, the spokesperson added.

As the soldiers of Army Task Force 1 and Commando Brigade operating on the Mannar warfront liberated the strategically important Vidattaltivu in last morning, July 16, the LTTE terrorist have started to withdraw towards Iluppaikkadavai, North of Vidattaltivu, defence sources in Mannar said.

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