Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Rift in LTTE over battle losses as troops surge towards Kilinochchi

tTroops thrashed LTTE battle formations and pushed ahead, amidst heavy confrontation and torrential monsoon rains, from areas North East of Nachchikuda at Vannerikkulama and from the limits at Akkarayankulama Tank in Kilinochchi. These military advances were made while LTTE ground chieftains were reported wavering over nature of fighting elements in Wanni and North.
According to military, intercepted LTTE communication has exposed constant arguments between the Wanni and Northern cadres who were critical each other for the recent battlefield losses.
Meanwhile, Child human rights groups in Colombo urged more force from the international community to force LTTE to deliver the remaining child recruits, who according to these activists will be used as cannon fodders as fighting surge and shift towards Mullaittivu.
"This is a high-time to call-on for the release of these underage fighters in LTTE ranks and what we need is the real participation of other HR activists in Colombo who have been influential, voicing this tragedy", a rights activist said language exclusively to defence.lk.
Meanwhile, security forces better the bodies of 3 soldiers reported missing as Saturday(18), following heavy hostility at Akkarayankulama, Kilinochchi. Intense fighting was reported between troops and LTTE over the long soil bund at Vannerrikkulama and Akkarayankulama, yesterday(20), as troops made its first go after consolidating its newly gained positions in the areas on Saturday.
Troops have also found 2 decomposed bodies of terrorists and 4 physical attack riffles during following search operations conducted in general area Akkarayankulama.
Intense battles are being fought in the western and eastern fronts of Kilinochchi, now operated by the Task Force -1 and 57 Division troops respectively, security sources said.
The battles are predictable to shift towards Jayapuram and North of Manniyankulama, east of the A-32 main road, while the central Kilinochchi battles are expected to surge as troops place head-on within impressive distance of the LTTE heartland. The fall of Kilinochchi will not just be a symbolic victory as reported by some foreign news agencies defence observers stated, adding that this will be the beginning of the 'unceasing military wave' which is expected to halt after far-reaching the last terrorist from the Eastern shore.
Separately, troops better another decomposed LTTE body, a T-56 assault riffle and an I-com set throughout search operations conducted in universal area Pallavarayankaddu, at the Western Kilinochchi battlefront.
Meanwhile, at the Mullaittivu battlefront at Andankulama, troops compulsory into an LTTE bunker place capturing 3 bunker overheads and a mortar pit, security sources said. According to finalized military information, security forces also have exposed 382 anti-personnel(AP) and 6 IEDs, during search operations conducted in the same area.
Also, a claymore mine and 150ft long wire were found by troops while conducting a search process in general area Jetty site at Welikanda Batticaloa, yesterday, Eastern military sources reported.

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