Troops overrun Mankulama: LTTE flee amidst heavy casualties-
Troops of the task Force-3 flanked west of the A-9
main road at Vannivilankulama have entered the Mankulama area in
Mulaittivu, following hours of heavy fighting with LTTE today (Nov 17)
at around 2p.m.
Earlier, forward domination elements of the TF-3 on
Sunday(16) surrounded the area engaging LTTE positions with indirect
fire, Wanni military sources said. Troops also had cut-off a
stretch of the Mankulama- Oddusudan main road yesterday, the sources
The army abandoned Mankulam on November 5, 1999. The
LTTE captured Mankulam along with almost a dozen bases in an offensive
which at one time threatened to overwhelm Vavuniya. The loss of Vanni
bases paved the way for a massive assault on the Elephant Pass base late
1999 which the enemy overran in April 2000.
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