Troops capture Prabakaran's main hideout: Terrorist to face
inevitable defeat - Mullaittivu
Sri Lankan Army troops of the 11th Light Infantry (SLLI)
under the 58 Division led by Brigadier Shavendra Silva have captured a
main LTTE hideout, what is believed to be a major residential site of
the terror leader Prabakaran.
The two storied underground built residential complex
was located in a two acre coconut cultivated land which was well
fortified, provided with all-round protection from adjacent gun
positions and bunker locations. The entire area was brought under
security forces control following heavy fighting that ensued between
troops and LTTE since early this morning (Feb 2). At least 20 LTTE
terrorists were killed during the confrontation that lasted for hours
the sources further said.
According to ground sources, the underground bunker
runs 50ft deep, protected with a 3ft thick layer of concrete. The air
force had bombed this location previously, which is in the center of
cadjan houses 500m west of the Paranthan - Mullaititvu main road in
general area Piramanthalkulama. The underground bunker was fully air
conditioned which consisted of four furnished compartments and tiled
floors, the sources said adding that surveillance cameras were also
fitted at the entrance of the bunker complex.
During further search operations conducted, troops
have also found an oxygen plant inside a luxury compartment believed to
be Prabakanran's room along with a M-16(new version) machine gun and an
insulin container. Troops had also located a deep-freezer inside the
compartment. "Four guard points were found located adjacent to the
compartment which were manned by Prabakaran's personal bodyguards", a
military official said. Three sound proof power generators were used to
supply electricity to the residential site and the adjacent bunkers, the
sources further said.
Search operations are continuing .....