Army annihilates terror pocket in Anandapuram; LTTE loses its final
stronghold in Puthukkudiyiruppu
Sri Lankan soldiers today (Apr 2) destroyed the last
stronghold of the LTTE in Puthukkudiyiruppu general area. The soldiers
of 58 Division marched into the pocket held by the terrorists at
Anandapuram, early this morning and wiped out the terrorists in a close
quarter fighting that lasted till the evening.
According to the battlefield sources, the soldiers
have so far collected 31 bodies of slain LTTE cadres, along with 50 T-56
rifle, two rocket propeller grenade launchers, two multi purpose
machine guns, one M-16 rifle, two radio communication sets, one GPS
device, and a map. Also, soldiers have found one armour plated truck,
and a speed boat during the subsequent search.
The sources said that the terrorists have been so
determined to defend the captured pocket situated on the Eastern limits
of the Puthukkudiyiruppu built-up, during the last few weeks of the
battle. Troops of 53 and 58 Divisions yesterday (Apr 1) made a tactical
maneuver by sealing off the 2 square kilometer pocket and commenced mop
up operations today. Troops of 20 Gajaba Regiment (20 GR), 4 Gamunu
Watch (4 GW), 11 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (11 SLLI), and 8 GR have been
engaged in the operations.
Clearing operations are continuing...