Latest military reports received from Vavuniya reveal
that a major attack launched by LTTE terrorists at the security forces
headquarters Wanni and Air Force Base Vavuniya early this morning (Sept
9) was completely foiled.
According to the reports, the terrorists launched a
pre-dawn ground assault coordinated with artillery fire and an air raid
with the intention of causing severe damage to the Air Force assets in
the Vavuniya air base.
Defence sources in Vavuniya state, the terrorists
launched artillery fire to the Army camp in order to prevent counter
attack and directed their ground assault at the airbase. However,
valiant soldiers moved forward amid heavy enemy artillery fire and
crushed the terror ground assault completely. According to the available
information, 10 bodies of slain LTTE cadres have been found so far.
According to Air Force sources, an LTTE air craft was
detected in the early warning radar monitors at around 3.26 a.m., while
another was spotted 5 minutes later. SLAF jets took on the hunt
intercepting the enemy craft and reportedly shot down one, in the
Mullaittivu skies around 4a.m.
12 soldiers laid down their lives and 15 others
suffered injuries. One police constable was killed and 8 others
sustained injuries due to the enemy artillery fire. Five Air Force
personnel also suffered injuries. A civilian was also reported killed
due to the indiscriminate LTTE artillery shelling.
A terrorist killed while fleeing in the midst of Army retaliation.
Body of a slain terrorist found in a subsequent search operation.
Note: The terrorist is guised in military attire.
The remains of two LTTE terrorists, who committed suicide after
failing to penetrate the military defences.
Body of a female LTTE terrorist killed in SLA counter attacks.
Terrorists killed while attempting
to flee after the failed attack at the Security Forces Wanni
Body of a LTTE terrorist killed in SLA counter attacks
Banglore torpedoes found during search operations.
Some terrorists have reportedly
fled the SLA counter attacks leaving suicide jackets and
accessories. (Note: Triggering device and detonator code
Arms, ammunition and GPS equipment found during clearing