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Last modified on: 12/30/2010 11:36:56 PM Troops capture Chalai

Troops capture Chalai

Security Forces engaged in the final phase of the battle against the LTTE terrorism in Wanni further bottled in the LTTE cadres into a limited area with troops taking full control of Visuamadu and the LTTE's last Sea Tiger base Chalai in the North of Mullaitivu, Military sources said. With the newest victory troops were able to shrink the LTTE hiding area to 200 square Kilometers, military sources added.

According to military sources troops attached to the 55 Division led by Brigadier Prasanna Silva took control of the last Sea Tiger base after five days of intence fighting and killing top Sea Tiger leader Vinayagam and three other leaders. At least a dozen more Sea Tiger cadres were killed in the ensuing battle reported in while troops advancing towards Chalai from Chundikulam.

Meanwhile, troops attached to the 57 Division under the command of Major General Jagath Dias also completed the task of taking full control of Visuamadu area with 572 Brigade under the command of Colonel Senerath Bandara and 574 Brigade under the command of Lt. Colonel Senaka Wijesuriya taking the southern part of Visvamadu.

The 58 Division under the command of Brigadier Shavendra Silva took full control of the Visuamadu North in the North of A-35 road.

With the capture of Visuamadu and Chalai, Security Forces have been able to confine the LTTE to an area less than 200 square kilometres.

Now LTTE has been left with only areas in the North, East and West of Puthukuduyiruppu.

The Chalai battle frontier.

Army battle tanks advancing along the Chalai coast.

55 Division advancing into Chalai.

Following the final surge.

Troops overran LTTE's sea tiger base in  Chalai.

The beauty untouched. Sandy coast of Chalai.

Army main battle tanks following the final surge towards the LTTE sea tiger base.

Brigadier Prasanna Silva, the battalion commanders and victorious troops of the 55 Division.

 Valiant soldiers of the 55 Division

No fortification can stall the military thrust. Soldiers on patrol along the Chalai coast.

Chalai liberated.

One nation, one flag!

Chalai liberated

Moments after the final surge in the battle for Chalai

Sri Lankan armed forces: the lions roar.

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