LTTE fighting cadre face annihilation in Puthukkudyiruppu while
terror leadership hiding in NFZ
The remaining LTTE cadres still forced to fight the
Sri Lankan Army in the anterior of the No Fire Zone are now facing a
total annihilation, as the soldiers are engaged in a man-to-man combat
against them, in the last terror pocket in Puthukkudyiruppu East.
According to the battlefield reports, over 100 LTTE
cadres were killed in yesterday's fighting (Apr 4), while the soldiers
managed to collect at least 93 bodies of slain LTTE cadres by last
evening. Sources, citing the soldiers on the frontline said there were
dozens of more LTTE bodies lying scattered in the forward areas, as the
terrorists had taken to flight leaving their dead and wounded behind.
Troops of 53 and 58 Divisions [Div] and Task Force 8
on Wednesday (Apr 1) made another spectacle in military manoeuvre by
dividing the remaining LTTE fighting cadre in to several isolated groups
and surrounding them separately. According to the defence sources,
troops have asked the trapped LTTE cadres to surrender, before launching
the military onslaught against them.
" We called them to surrender via their [LTTE] radio
frequencies, but they were ordered to fight to their death by the LTTE
leadership", a senior ground commander told defence.lk.
Asked why the LTTE cadres chose to do so, he said that
they had no other option.
" Their family members are held hostage by the LTTE
leadership in the NFZ. In reality, they [LTTE] were not ordered to fight
to their death, but ordered to, not to even think about coming back to
NFZ alive, if they have any love for their family members there", ha
"We heard them pleading the LTTE leadership to let
them withdraw before we attack them, but their request was not granted",
Infantrymen 5th Vijayaba Infantry Regiment [5 VIR]
operating under the 53 Div scored the greatest battlefield victories for
the day as they collected 34 bodies of slain LTTE cadres along with a
haul of weapons during yesterday's operations. Among the other items
seizes were, one 30 mm anti-aircraft machine gun, three 12.7 mm
anti-aircraft machine guns, seven multi purpose machine guns [MPMG],
three light machine guns [LMG], 43 T-56 rifles, six T-81 rifles, two 40
mm grenade launchers, four 5.56 mm weapons, three RPG launchers, 28
radio communication sets, one disposable RPG launcher, three improvised
explosive devices [IED] and a stock of tools of heavy weapons.
Sources told that the 30 mm cannon has been identified
as the 'mysterious weapon' often cited by the fighter pilots that they
were fired upon during their missions.
Elsewhere, 6 Gajaba Regiment [6 GR] troops operating
under the 53 Div found one body of an LTTE cadre, three T-56 rifles and
one RPG launcher following day's battles. Also, snipers in the forward
deployed forces confirmed four successful terror targets.
Infantrymen of 20 GR and 12 GR jointly scored the best
battlefield success for the 58 Div for the day, as they collected 48
LTTE bodies from the Anandapuram terror pocket. Troops of 20 GR
collected 23 LTTE bodies with 6 T-56 rifles, one RPG launcher, one 12.7
mm anti-air machine gun and one 16 mm weapon, while the 12 GR soldiers
accounted for 25 LTTE bodies.
Also, 8 GR troops attacked and captured a terrorist
base inside the Anandapuram pocket during day's fighting. Troops
collected 10 LTTE bodies along with one US made M16 rifle. Among the
other items found were a luxury jeep, an armour plated container, a van,
and two motorbikes.
The infantrymen of 14 GR scored an unprecedented
battlefield victory for the Army yesterday, as they became the first
group of soldiers to capture a 130 mm artillery gun in combat. Soldiers
braved the raging artillery fire with the gun fired on the direct role
or the cannon fired horizontally to the ground, and captured the gun
after beating off its operators. Troops also captured four T-56 rifles,
two claymore mines, 40 improvised bombs, 55 hand grenades, radio
communication sets, ammo, explosive devices, etc.
Separately, troops 4 Gamunu Watch (4 GW) captured 34
T-56 rifles, five T-81 rifles, 5 RPG launchers, one MPMG, one claymore
mine, 20 radio communication base stations, and weapon accessories
during the day. Two barrels used for RCL weapons found by the 6 GW
According to the sources, all the senior LTTE leaders
are now hiding in the No Fire Zone holding the civilians as protective
shield. Majority of the battle hardened LTTE leaders were killed in
action, while the most senior cadres of the outfit are now getting ready
to send the child soldiers to the frontline as the soldiers getting
closer to the No Fire Zone boundaries, the sources added.
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