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* LTTE's Chemicals for Bomb Production Unearthed::
[Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 06:23 pm SL Time]

[SLA] VAVUNIYA:AN ESTIMATED quantity of 3500 kg of Potasium Chloride, used for production of C-4 explosives and other deadly mines, etc by Tigers was unearthed by the troops in OLUMADU, VAVUNIYA last evening (31) while the stock remained buried in a container.

The consignment in 70 bags of 50 kg each has been apparently brought to the area by Tiger terrorists long time ago for distribution among terrorists for production of explosives.

* Nine More Claymores Found as Troops Move Further in::
[Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 06:21 pm SL Time]

[SLA] MULLAITTIVU: WHILE entering the last phase of the humanitarian mission, meant to liberate besieged Tamil civilians in PUTHUKUDIRIPPU from the grips of LTTE terrorism, valiant troops continued their thrust against the enemy for another day on Tuesday (31).

Their offensives against LTTE largely took place in the general areas of PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU, PATTIKKARAI and IRANAPALAI areas causing heavy damages to the terrorists. Army snipers played a key role in those offensives taking minute targets.

In the meantime, during search operations conducted in VISUAMADU, PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU and IRANAMADU areas, troops recovered eight T-56 weapons, three T-56 magazines, two communication sets, one pedal gun used in navy boats, three suicide jackets, nine claymore mines, five hand grenades, eight Rocket Propeller Grenades (RPG), two artillery sights, one aiming sight, one 81 mm mortar sight and one jacket, the same day (31).

* Prabha's Son Charles Anthony Confirmed Injured::
[Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 06:18 pm SL Time]

[SLA] MULLAITTIVU: TIGER supremo, PIRABHAHARAN's son, CHARLES ANTHONY PIRABHAHARAN (24) alias DHANASEKARAN in the LTTE outfit has been confirmed injured during the most recent offensives in PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU, according to Military Intelligence and other technical sources.

CHARLES ANTHONY, in charge of LTTE's manufacturing unit of Weapons and Explosives (IED) was born in TAMIL NADU on 18th April 1985 and trained as an expert for manufacture of explosives cum technician for aircraft engineering in the organization. He was instrumental in producing at least two kinds of powerful LTTE bombs, known as 'RAGAVAN I, II, III' and 'SAMADANA SHELL'. He was also associated with the production of bombs for use in LTTE aircraft.

CHARLES ANTHONY was also the brainchild behind LTTE aerial attacks on KATUNAYAKE Sri Lanka Air Force base on 26th March 2007. On 29th April 2007 he was also responsible for sending an LTTE aircraft targeting KOLONNAWA oil storage and MUTHURAJAWELA gas storage complex. He engineered the abortive attack on PALALY air base in JAFFNA on 24th April 2007.

He received his name after Tiger leader's TRINCOMALEE confidante, CHARLES ANTHONY died during a gun battle with Army troops in MEESALAI in 1983. PIRABHAHARAN’s son born, just two years after his death, was named accordingly as a token of respect in his memory.

* 16th Batch of Patients and Civilians trapped in Mullaithivu evacuated with the Naval Assistance::
[Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 08:31 pm SL Time]

[NAVY] The sixteenth batch of 540 patients and civilians was evacuated on board "MV Green Ocean" on the 30th March 2009. The evacuation of patients and civilians trapped in LTTE Clutches in the un-cleared areas in Mullaithivu is being carried out under the ICRC flag. Sri Lanka Navy is providing safe passage for evacuees on humanitarian grounds.

The patients among the evacuees, upon disembarkation at Pulmuadai, were provided with emergency medical treatment by Naval doctors and were rushed to the Field Hospital and Base Hospital in Pulmudai and the General Hospital in Padaviya by the Naval personnel for further treatment. Elaborate arrangements have been made to treat the sick and the wounded evacuees once they reach cleared areas. Hospitals have been equipped with adequate stocks of essential drugs and specialist medical personnel are assigned to treat the sick and the wounded as they are transferred to hospitals.

The sixteenth batch consisted of 167 adult males, 229 adult females and 144 children in total. Among them were 68 male and 61 female patients needing medical treatment. The evacuees had been languishing in pain and fear due to the LTTE's adamant stance to hold all civilians captive in the un-cleared areas as human shields despite the repeated appeals by the International Community to free all civilians to arrive in safe areas immediately.

The Navy, as part of its humanitarian operations, has put in place a number of comprehensive evacuation measures to facilitate the evacuation process. Naval personnel and vessels along with stand-by rescue and medical teams are on special deployment in the North-eastern seas for assisting Tamil civilians fleeing from LTTE clutches.

* Desperate Tiger Suicide Bomber Takes His Own Life::
[Monday, March 30, 2009, 08:39 pm SL Time]

[SLA] Mullaittivu: One more Tiger suicide cadre, who has completely lost his way and turned desperate after confrontations in the north of PALAMATTHALAN, PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU a few hours ago, finally exploded his own suicide jacket and ended his life this morning (30) while hiding himself inside an LTTE bunker.

Troops inched forward after a string of heavy firing towards the LTTE a few hours ago while clearing the area, but a sudden movement inside a bunker, ahead of them entertained doubt and the troops began to close in on for inspection.

As the troops went closer, a thundering explosion with a huge fire ball erupted tearing the Tiger terrorist inside off into pieces.

Troops however escaped unhurt and found the dead terrorist would have stayed inside after previous clashes, thinking a way out sooner or later, but finally triggered his suicide jacket since it would not be possible to remain there any longer.

* LTTE Canter Lorry with Five-Zero Weapon Trying to Kill Troops Meets with its Doom::
[Monday, March 30, 2009, 08:37 pm SL Time]

[SLA] MULLITTIVU: A CANTER lorry trying to enter troops held areas and cause an attack on the troops in PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU cleared area near the Army Forward Defence Line (FDL) ended in ill-fate when the troops took the lead and destroyed the vehicle with the terrorists onboard, on Monday (30) afternoon.

The driver of the vehicle was killed inside the Canter lorry and another terrorist who tried to escape was also shot dead by the soldiers. Troops were able to find a Five-Zero anti aircraft weapon fix to the lorry by the LTTE terrorists.

* Navy destroys 04 Sea Tiger Boats killing 26 Sea Tiger Cadres on Board in the Seas off Chalai and Mullaithivu::
[Monday, March 30, 2009, 04:22 pm SL Time]

[NANY] During two fierce gun battles that erupted in the seas off Chalai and Mullaithivu, Sri Lanka Navy destroyed four Sea Tiger boats killing twenty- six Sea Tigers on board, around midnight on the 29th and at dawn on the 30th March 2009.

The units of the Navy's elite Boat Squadrons, the SBS and the RABS, based at Chilawatte and Chundikulum, intercepted and engaged two clusters of sea tiger boats with heavy Naval gunfire on two separate occasions. Three sea tiger boats were destroyed in the seas off Chalai around 29th midnight and the other sea tiger boat was destroyed in the seas off Mullaithivu during the wee hours today (30th March).

During the fierce gun battles that ensued, the Navy inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy repulsing their desperate attempts. The LTTE sea tiger boats were desperately attempting to speed off when the Naval personnel targeted them directing heavy Naval fire. As a consequence, all four sea tiger boats were completely destroyed engulfed in a ball of fire.

Monitoring of the enemy transmissions has revealed that several LTTE leaders including Maran have been killed. One sailor sacrificed his life and three Naval personnel including one officer received injuries in the incident.

Sri Lanka Navy exercises maximum precautions when confronting LTTE Sea Tiger movements in order to maintain zero casualties to Tamil civilians who also use the seas to flee into cleared areas. A well-fortified Naval blockade has been put in place to cut off all sea tiger movements in the seas off Nayaru, Mullaithivu, Chalai and Chundikulum. This has forced LTTE sea tigers to make desperate attempts at breaking through the Naval defences even at the expense of heavy cadre and vessel losses.

* 15th Batch of 507 Patients and Civilians trapped in Mullaithivu evacuated with the Naval Assistance: Another 248 civilians fleeing the LTTE clutches rescued.::
[Sunday, March 29, 2009, 05:59 pm SL Time]

[NAVY] The fifteenth batch of 507 patients and civilians was evacuated on board "MV Green Ocean" on the 28th March 2009. The evacuation of patients and civilians trapped in LTTE Clutches in the un-cleared areas in Mullaithivu is being carried out under the ICRC flag. Sri Lanka Navy is providing safe passage for evacuees on humanitarian grounds.

The patients among the evacuees, upon disembarkation at Pulmuadai , were provided with emergency medical treatment by Naval doctors and were rushed to the Field hospital in Pulmudai and the General hospital in Padaviya by the naval personnel for further treatment. Elaborate arrangements have been made to treat the sick and the wounded evacuees once they reach cleared areas. Hospitals have been equipped with adequate stocks of essential drugs and specialist medical personnel are assigned to treat the sick and the wounded as they are transferred to hospitals.

The fifteenth batch consisted of 168 adult males, 198 adult females and 141 children in total. Among them were 68 male and 64 female patients needing medical treatment. The evacuees had been languishing in pain and fear due to the LTTE’s adamant stance to hold all civilians captive in the un-cleared areas as human shields despite the repeated appeals by the International Community to free all civilians to arrive in safe areas immediately.

In the mean time, Navy rescued another 248 civilians fleeing from the LTTE hostage in the seas of Chundikulam on the same day and on the 27th of March 2009 . The rescued, consisting 65males, 72females and 111 children had been found on board eleven white flag hoisted fiber glass dinghies while attempting to flee from the LTTE clutches in the remaining un-cleared areas of Mulaithivu. Upon rescuing, the rescued civilians were brought ashore at the Munai Beach and provided with much needed food, refreshments and medical assistance.

The Navy, as part of its humanitarian operations, has put in place a number of comprehensive evacuation measures to facilitate the evacuation process. Naval personnel and vessels along with stand-by rescue and medical teams are on special deployment in the North-eastern seas for assisting Tamil civilians fleeing from LTTE clutches.

* Over 900 Civilians Escape From Terrorist Grip::
[Sunday, March 29, 2009, 05:56 pm SL Time]

[SLA] Mullaittivu: Nine hundred and thirteen civilians including of two hundred and ninety-nine men, three hundred and sixty- three women and two hundred and thirty-four small children reached troops in PUTHUKUDIYIRUPPU, MUNEI and PULMODDAI areas during Saturday (28).

Troops sent those civilians to the Relief Village and IDPs centres after giving them refreshments.

* More Weapons & Terrorist Dead Bodies Recovered::
[Sunday, March 29, 2009, 05:54 pm SL Time]

[SLA] WANNI: ARMY troops made further advance amidst stiff resistance from LTTE terrorists attacking their positions in PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU area on Saturday (28) and caused heavy damages to the terrorists.

Meanwhile, during search operations conducted in the general areas of PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU, DHARMAPURAM, ODDANKADDUKULAM, MUTHIYANKULAM, AMPAKAMAM and OLUMADU on Saturday (28) Army troops recovered six LTTE dead bodies, thirteen T-56 weapons, two I-com sets, two hundred and ninety-seven 60 mm mortar bombs, twenty-seven shaped chargers containing 500 g of TNT in each, twenty-six shaped chargers containing 250 g TNT in each, 500 m long detonator code, one mortar dummy, eight base plates of 81 mm mortars, seventeen base plates of 60 mm mortars, a stock of 81 mm and 60 mm mortar bipods, one Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG) barrel, eleven anti personnel mines, 500 g of C-4 explosives, 3 m detonator code and one hand grenade.

* Navy Commander visits Southern Naval Command to review its Operational Readiness::
[Sunday, March 29, 2009, 06:40 am SL Time]

[NAVY] Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda made a visit to the Southern Naval Command on the 27th March 2009 in order to review its operational readiness.

Having assessed the operational readiness of the Southern Naval Command, the Navy commander gave further directives to enhance the security measures which are being implemented. He looked into the welfare of the Naval personnel deployed in the Southern Naval Area in order to ascertain that their welfare requirements are met at all times.

During his visit, the Navy Commander inspected the Naval Agricultural Project at Tissamaharama, which is being implemented by the Sri Lanka Navy in line with the “Api Wawamu, Rata Nagamu” Concept aimed at utilizing its produce for the Naval requirements. Making an inspection tour at the Naval Detachment at Butewa, the Navy commander assessed its peripheral security and the functioning of its Radar Station. He also declared open the newly-built Naval Holiday Bungalow at Weligama which has been constructed to meet the Holiday requirements of the Naval personnel and their families.

* Tiger Suicide Bomber Misses His Intended Target but Blows Himself Up::
[Sunday, March 29, 2009, 06:36 am SL Time]

[SLA] VAVUNIYA: AN ATTEMPT by a suicidal Tiger bomber to harm Security Forces failed to come through in the general area of VARIKOTTORUWA, VAVUNIYA. this afternoon about 2.00 p.m.. But terrorist had to lay his life since the soldiers kept away from going closer to him.

Army troops on information received by them conducted a cordon and search operation in the general area VARIKOTTORUWA. While the search is on soldiers observed two men suddenly started running on seeing the troops. The troops on suspicion pursued them and ordered to stop for search. Since they did not heed the call, troops had to open fire at them. One of those fleeing suspects following injury caused by the Army fire stopped running further and waited until the soldiers reached him. No sooner than the troops went about 100 yards closer to the fallen terrorist, the wounded terrorist suddenly blue himself up intending harm the soldiers who were still surrounding the location. But the explosion failed to cause any injuries on soldiers as anticipated by the terrorist.

A search is on to trace the other terrorist.

* Advancing Troops Capture One More Terrorist Earth Bund & Weapons::
[Sunday, March 29, 2009, 06:35 am SL Time]

[SLA] MULLAITTIVU & WELIKANDA: TROOPS engaged in the final phase of the battle to eliminate LTTE terrorism confronted terrorist in PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU, area and captured another earth bund built by the terrorists in KARIYAMULLIVIKAI on Friday (27).

In search operations that followed six dead bodies of terrorists, seven T - 56 weapons , three communication sets, one command mortar , one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), one motor cycle, one boat , one 60 mm mortar base plate and four hand grenades were recovered by the troops from those areas.

Meanwhile, troops engage in search and clear operations recovered one shot gun, six hand grenades, five anti personnel mines, six SG ammunition cartridges, one T- 56 magazine from KUDAKALMUNAI area on Friday (27).

In the meantime, a member of Civil Defence Force sustained injuries due to anti personnel mine explosion in WELIKANDA, POLONNARUWA on the same day. He was taken to the nearest hospital for treatment.

* 14th Batch of Patients and Civilians trapped in Mullaithivu evacuated with the Naval Assistance::
[Friday, March 27, 2009, 05:49 pm SL Time]

[NAVY]: The fourteenth batch of 488 patients and civilians was evacuated on board "MV Green Ocean" on the 26th March 2009. The evacuation of patients and civilians trapped in LTTE Clutches in the un-cleared areas in Mullaithivu is being carried out under the ICRC flag. Sri Lanka Navy is providing safe passage for evacuees on humanitarian grounds.

The patients among the evacuees, upon disembarkation at Pulmuadai , were provided with emergency medical treatment by Naval doctors and were rushed to the Field hospital in Pulmudai and the General hospital in Padaviya by the naval personnel for further treatment. Elaborate arrangements have been made to treat the sick and the wounded evacuees once they reach cleared areas. Hospitals have been equipped with adequate stocks of essential drugs and specialist medical personnel are assigned to treat the sick and the wounded as they are transferred to hospitals.

The fourteenth batch consisted of 157 adult males, 216 adult females and 115 children in total. Among them were 100 male and 63 female patients needing medical treatment. The evacuees had been languishing in pain and fear due to the LTTE’s adamant stance to hold all civilians captive in the un-cleared areas as human shields despite the repeated appeals by the International Community to free all civilians to arrive in safe areas immediately.

The Navy, as part of its humanitarian operations, has put in place a number of comprehensive evacuation measures to facilitate the evacuation process. Naval personnel and vessels along with stand-by rescue and medical teams are on special deployment in the North-eastern seas for assisting Tamil civilians fleeing from LTTE clutches.

* Navy Commander visits Northern Naval Command to review its Operational Readiness::
[Friday, March 27, 2009, 05:31 pm SL Time]

[Navy]: Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda made a visit to the Northern Naval Command on the 26th March 2009 in order to review its operational readiness.

Having assessed the operational readiness and discussed the operational plans, the Navy Commander gave further directives to enhance the maritime surveillance operations being conducted in the North-eastern seas. He looked into the welfare of the Naval personnel deployed in the Northern Naval Area in order to ascertain that their morale is high and they maintain battle readiness to meet all contingencies.

During his visit, the Navy Commander declared open the newly-constructed two-storied building belonging to the Engineering and Electrical Works Complex of the Northern Naval Command at the SLNS Uttara.

* Guwan Hamuda Papedi Sawariya - 2009::
[Friday, March 27, 2009, 05:08 pm SL Time]

[AF] : The Sri Lanka Air Force "Papadi Savariya" (Cycle Race) organised in commemoration of the 58th Anniversary of the SLAF in collaboration with the Cycling Federation of Sri Lanka was flagged off in front of Air Force HQ at 645 Am this morning (27th March ) by Air Vice Marshall NH Gunaratne. The race with 101 competitors has now been organised on ten occasions. All most all registered racing cyclists of Sri Lanka are competing in this mega sporting event. This is an International Rating event which will this contribute to the competitors international rankings. The race is televised live on Eye Channel of the Rupavahini Corporation.

The race which commenced from Colombo this morning will complete its first leg at Pelmadulla (111.2 Km) and commence the second leg from there on at 1200 Pm today and conclude at Bandarawela (82.5 Km) this afternoon. The next leg will commence from Nuwara Eliya at 1030 Am tomorrow morning (28th March) and conclude at the point of commencement in Colombo (182.9 Km). The specialty in this race is the fact the terrain will be mountainous and this is one of the few races run on mountainous terrain providing valuable experience and ranking for the riders. The SLAF is fielding a team of 14 the Army three teams and also respective Regimental teams amounting to 25 competitors the Navy a team of 10 and the Police a team of 12 the rest is made of other Cycling clubs and individual riders.
Air Vice Marshall NH Gunaratne, flagging off the cycle race

* Two Thousand More Enter Army-Held Areas::
[Friday, March 27, 2009, 03:47 pm SL Time]

[SLA]: MULLAITTIVU: ABOUT two thousand and eighteen (2018) civilians consisting of five hundred and ninety-seven men, five hundred and ninety-seven women and nine hundred and forty children reached troops in PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU during the whole of Thursday (26).

Troops after screening them directed those civilians to IDP centres and the Relief Village for temporary relocation. Those civilians with their belongings were taken on eighteen buses, after giving them refreshments.

* Suspected Tiger Infiltrators Arrested::
[Friday, March 27, 2009, 03:46 pm SL Time]

[SLA]: TRINCOMALEE: TROOPS on general duties with the Police in UPPUVELI, TRINCOMALEE on Thursday (26) arrested two suspects carrying four hand grenades and one shotgun and two ammunition cartridges with them.

Police maintain that those two suspects, believed to be from the LTTE might have infiltrated the area to carry out crimes against Security Forces in the area.

* Heavy Fighting Rages on::
[Friday, March 27, 2009, 03:45 pm SL Time]

[SLA]: MULLATTIVU: VALIANT troops continued their attacks on LTTE positions around PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU area for another day on Thursday (26) and inflicted damages on the enemy.

After fighting troops on search collected thirteen dead Tiger terrorists, five T-56 weapons, twenty three hand grenades, forty claymore and anti personnel mine casings, one 10 kg heavy claymore, fifty two rounds of 12.7 ammunition, one Rocket Propeller Grenade (RPG) charger, two Arul bombs, one Arul charger, five anti personnel mines, fifteen 60mm mortar bombs, one I-com set and thirty-eight metal plates on the same day (26).

At least two dozens of Tiger terrorists died during confrontations and a similar number received injuries. Soldiers injured in the fighting have been referred for medical treatment.

* More Tigers Including Frontline Leaders Perished in Confrontations::
[Thursday, March 26, 2009, 07:41 pm SL Time]

[SLA]: Mullaittive: Front line Tiger leaders, VARADA ANNAN, CADER SOORIYAN, ELAVAN and a dozen of Tiger terrorists perished on Wednesday (25) during clashes in PUTHUKUDIRIPPU with valiant troops of the Army, ground troops confirmed.

Tigers fighting their last battle in PUTHUKUDIYIRIPPU attacked the troops after sending their frontline best cadres Wednesday (25) with the intention of preventing the advance of the troops towards the east of PUTHUKUDIYIRIPPU.

LTTE gunfire was effectively countered by the troops killing many of them in the battle field.

Troops intercepting Tiger communication and other sources confirmed LTTE leaders, VARADA ANNAN, CADER SOOORIYAN and ELAVAN were among the dead.

Meanwhile, fresh confrontations occurred in the south of PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU caused more damages to terrorists, the same day.

Subsequent search and clear operations conducted recovered five dead bodies including two females, fifteen T- 56 weapons, one I-com radio set, one double cab, one T-81 weapon and one Light Machine Gun (LMG).

* Four More Farmers Become Tigers’ Prey::
[Thursday, March 26, 2009, 07:40 pm SL Time]

[SLA]: EAST: BARELY twenty-four hours after terrorist infiltrators butchered five farmers in DEHIWATTE, TRINCOMALEE Tuesday (24) late night, another similar type late night assassination of four more farmers was reported from MANIKDENIYA in KADAWATHAMADUWA area in WELIKANDA.

Four innocent civilians working on their threshing floor in the paddy fields were indiscriminately fired upon and mercilessly killed by those suspected Tiger terrorists.

Four more sustained severe injuries in the incident when armed assassins directed fire on them Wednesday (25) late evening around 10.50 p.m.

M. SOMADASA (44), a member of the Civil Defense Force, M.SUGATH CHANDRASIRI (27), K.A SARATH KUMARA (37) and K. DHARMASENA (42) fell dead on the spot due to gunshots.

Injured NILANTHA SAMARAWEERA (25), INDIKA WICKRAMASINGHA (24), NISHANTHA WIJESINGHA (27) and NILANTHA WEERAKUMARA (16) were admitted to POLONNARUWA Hospital in critical condition.

A search and clear operation has commenced in the area.

* Commander Extends Support for Rehabilitation & Reintegration of Ex-Commbatants::
[Thursday, March 26, 2009, 07:39 pm SL Time]

[SLA]: COMMANDER of the Army Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, during exchange of views on Demobilization, Disarmament, Re-integration (DDR) of Ex-Combatants, with a visiting consultative team assured the Army’s logistic support and the conceptual inputs for continuation of the process and its progress.

The team, headed by Ms Dayani Panagoda, National Process Manager (National Framework on Registration of Ex-Combatants) of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights included Mr. Jose Manuel Ferro Pinotes, International Consultant to International Labor Organization (ILO) and Mr. Ravindra Chanaka Samithadasa, Programme Assistant, (ILO).

The visiting team, appreciative of multi-dimensional and arduous tasks being executed in conflict-ridden areas by ground troops, was eager to learn of the supportive mechanism that could be extended towards the Ministries’ efforts on national framework on reintegration of ex-combatants into civilian life in Sri Lanka as the humanitarian operation is nearing its end.

As the role of the Army is getting further wider with the liberation of Tiger-held areas, special expertise and consultations on these lines is very much needed and highly appreciated, as the peace dividend in place becomes further strengthened among the Tamil community, its Diaspora and also in the South with fresh hopes of reintegration, Lieutenant General Fonseka opined during the meeting.

Ms. Dayani Panagoda briefed the Commander on the overall national infrastructure in place to promote national reconstruction and reintegration of former LTTE combatants by way of post-conflict rehabilitation, reintegration, self employment opportunities, micro-finance and enterprise openings and various other self-development strategies while monitoring their progress, both here or abroad.

Lieutenant General Fonseka expressed his satisfaction on the government’s initiative for development of this essential aspect and offered his organization’s whole-hearted cooperation for implementation.

* Post Mortems in Progress on LTTE Slain Farmers::
[Thursday, March 26, 2009, 07:38 pm SL Time]

[SLA]: (2nd Update)

TRINCOMALEE: POST-MORTEMS into LTTE’s murder of five farmers in MAWANAVILLU area in DEHIWATTA, TRINCOMALEE late last night (24) are now in progress at the time this report was filed in the KANTALE hospital.

Five innocent farmers, butchered by Tiger terrorists while they were guarding their crops at night time have been identified as W.A. Sunil, W.A. Weeradasa, G. Nihal Sarath, W.H. Sugathapala and Karunadasa Munasinghe, all of them from the same NEELAPOLA, DEHIWATTA area.

All those dead farmers area in the age range of 45-50 years and are married at the time they fell victim to LTTE barbarians, for no fault of theirs.

Injured Mahikka Jagath Kumara (21) and Mahikka Gamage Prabath (20), brothers from the same family underwent two surgical operations in hospital and have been confined to the Intensive Care Unit.

Search operations are still in progress.

The Army Website earlier on Wednesday (25) reported a group of farmers who are providing overnight protection to their paddy fields in MAWANAVILLU area in DEHIWATTA, TRINCOMALEE district were fired upon by suspected Tiger terrorists late night on Tuesday (24) around 11.00 p.m. killing five farmers on the spot and injuring two more.

* 40 kg Claymore, Mines & Ammo Uncovered::
[Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 05:26 pm SL Time]

[SLA]: EAST: THE AKKARAPATTU Police Wednesday (25) afternoon on information received found a 40-kg heavy claymore mine with its stand, fifteen anti personnel mines (APM), 204 APM fuses and 1456 T-56 ammunition rounds from a secret location in ALIGAMBE in AKKARAPATTU.

The claymore, set on its stand has been secretly fixed on its stand in a covered bush but the Police with the support of the Army bomb disposal team de-fused it before explosion. Just a few yards away, terrorists had secretly kept other explosives, partly buried.

Police investigation are on after throwing a security blanket in the area.

* Post Mortems in Progress on LTTE Slain Farmers::
[Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 05:25 pm SL Time]

[SLA]: TRINCOMALEE: POST-MORTEMS into LTTE’s murder of five farmers in MAWANAVILLU area in DEHIWATTA, TRINCOMALEE late last night (24) are now in progress at the time this report was filed in the KANTALE hospital.

Five innocent farmers, butchered by Tiger terrorists while they were guarding their crops at night time have been identified as W.A. Sunil, W.A. Weeradasa, G. Nihal Sarath, W.H. Sugathapala and Karunadasa Munasinghe, all of them from the same NEELAPOLA, DEHIWATTA area.

All those dead farmers area in the age range of 45-50 years and are married at the time they fell victim to LTTE barbarians, for no fault of theirs.

Injured Mahikka Jagath Kumara (21) and Mahikka Gamage Prabath (20), brothers from the same family underwent two surgical operations in hospital and have been confined to the Intensive Care Unit.

Search operations are still in progress.

The Army Website earlier on Wednesday (25) reported a group of farmers who are providing overnight protection to their paddy fields in MAWANAVILLU area in DEHIWATTA, TRINCOMALEE district were fired upon by suspected Tiger terrorists late night on Tuesday (24) around 11.00 p.m. killing five farmers on the spot and injuring two more. (See News Highlights on the day, 25th March)

* Terrorists in ‘No Fire Zone’ Fire Helicopters Airborne::
[Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 05:24 pm SL Time]

[SLA]: MULLAITTIVU: TWO Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) helicopters, engaged in assisting evacuation of Army casualties in PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU had a miraculous escape this morning (25) at about 11.00 a.m. when Tigers inside the ‘No Fire Zone’ fired anti-aircraft missiles on them.

Both helicopters carrying injured soldiers however continued their mission despite the barrage of LTTE missiles. Tigers after entering the ‘No Fire Zone’ have been in the practice of directing artillery and mortar fire in the past few weeks, but the troops showed restraint and prevented from retaliatory fire considering the civilian factor.

However, both helicopters with injured soldiers aboard arrived at their destinations as planned.

* Tiger Terrorists Gun Down Farmers::
[Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 05:23 pm SL Time]

[SLA]: TRINCOMALEE: A GROUP of farmers who are providing overnight protection to their paddy fields in MAWANAVILLU area in DEHIWATTA, TRINCOMALEE district were fired upon by suspected Tiger terrorists late night on Tuesday (24) around 11.00 p.m. killing five farmers on the spot and injuring two more.

It is believed Tiger terrorists who might have infiltrated the area would have carried out the attack with the intention of provoking civilians in the Sinhalese-dominated areas.

Both injured farmers were admitted to KANTALE hospital. Army and Police have jointly cordoned the area and are conducting a search operation at the time this report went to Press.

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