World's largest hostage rescue mission becomes success; over 30,000
Latest reports received from the Sri Lanka Army 58
Division indicate that over 30,000 civilians held hostage by LTTE
terrorists at Puthumathalan and Amplalavanpokkani areas have been
liberated. According to the sources, several thousands of others are
waiting them to be rescued by the armed forces. All hostages held in
Ampalavanpokkanai and Valayanmadam areas have been rescued, the sources
The mass rescue operation reached a significant phase
when troops captured the 3 km long earth bund built by the LTTE, on the
western border of the No Fire Zone this morning (Apr 20). With this
capture troop opened a safe route for the hostages to come out of the
LTTE grip which was occupied by tens of thousands civilians seeking
refuge with the soldiers.
Meanwhile, defence sources on the field said that LTTE
terrorists have launched a cowardly attack at the Tamil civilians
leaving their grip. Defence.lk special correspondent in the area said
that three LTTE suicide cadres have exploded themselves killing dozens
of refugees including women and children.
"The terrorists initially fired at the civilians on
the causeway using heavy machine guns. When they stepped into the lagoon
to avoid LTTE machine gunfire, three LTTE cadres ran on to them and
exploded themselves", he said.
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