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Last modified on: 4/3/2009 5:44:17 PM Army annihilates terror pocket in Anandapuram; LTTE loses its final stronghold in Puthukkudiyiruppu

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...
 
     

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