Kokkadicholai LTTE base falls to SL Army
The Army made
further advances in the East and secured Kokkadicholai, one of LTTE's
nerve centers, to the south of Batticaloa and Unnachchi under their
control. Troops were able to catch a large haul of claymore mines, land
mines, anti-personnel mines, improvised explosive devices, guns and
other warlike items that had been hurriedly left behind by fleeing Tiger
terrorists in the face of advancing troops.
Troops now consolidating the surrounding areas came
across an air-conditioned luxurious LTTE conference hall with most
modern facilities, which was built in a secrecy and used as their main
centre of activities.
This huge LTTE conference hall that would have cost
millions contains a spacious auditorium, air-conditioned bedrooms,
electricity-run kitchen units, pantries, washrooms and other modern
equipment. In the most recent past Tiger terrorists conducted media
briefings in this building for both local and international media.
An LTTE hideout for production of illicit liquor for
distribution to the whole of Batticaloa district, near Kokkadicholai
junction too fell into the hands of advancing troops. The liquor
distribution has been a local money-spinner to the LTTE.
Tiger terrorists used Kokkadicholai area to launch of
artillery attacks, including the recent one on diplomats and Minister
Mahinda Samarasinghe when they landed in Weber Stadium. Italian and US
ambassadors received injuries in the attack.
With the fall of Kokkadicholai, troops have regained
the control in the areas to the south and west of Batticalos town and
surrounding areas after driving terrorists off the area.
Engineer troops of the Army in coordination with civil
authorities are now busy repairing major infrastructure facilities in
newly liberated areas including the restoration of damaged houses and
Courtesy: Government Information Department