Troops blow up explosive laden rebel truck, capture two earth bunds in the no-fire zone of Sri Lanka
Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 13:41 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Apr 28, Colombo: Sri Lankan troops conducting operations in the no-fire zone (NFZ) fired at an explosive laden truck driven towards them by the LTTE today causing its explosion while capturing two LTTE-built earth bunds, the military said.
The troops were engaged in a successful operation to capture another 700 m long LTTE-built earth bund built across Rektavaikkal area, south of Valayanmadam in the NFZ. The Tigers drove the truck into the troops minutes after capturing the earth bund, defence sources said.
Troops have recovered seven bodies of Tiger cadres perished in the operation. No troops have been injured.
Meanwhile soldiers advancing south in the Valayanmadam area this afternoon discovered an improvised armour-plated six-wheel truck apparently used for the transport of LTTE leaders across un-cleared areas recently.
Defence sources said the bullet-proof vehicle could accommodate few passengers inside in addition to its driver.
Troops of Army's 53 and 58 divisions confronted the LTTE cadres elsewhere in the NFZ throughout the day yesterday as they advance towards Mullivaikkal from Valayanmadam in the NFZ amid stiff rebel resistance.
Division 58 troops today gained control over a 600m long LTTE built earth-bund running across the coast from West to East, defence sources said.
"The earth bunds were heavily mined, made to restrict both flow of the remaining hostages and military advances," a defence official said.
Sri Lanka military yesterday concluded combat operations in the NFZ deciding to focus on civilian rescue. Security forces have been instructed to end the use of heavy caliber guns, combat aircraft and aerial weapons which could cause civilian causalities, the government said.
An estimated 50,000 civilians are still trapped in the NFZ and being held as a human shield, the United nation says.