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* Suicide bomb factory and swimming pool found in Sri Lanka's last rebel stronghold
Thursday, February 26, 2009, 7:35 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan troops advancing into the last remaining rebel stronghold of Puthukkudyiruppu amid fierce fighting have captured a LTTE suicide bomb factory and the Sea Tiger leader Soosai's camp yesterday, the military said.

Infantrymen of Army's 58 Division after days of fighting captured the suicide bomb manufacturing facility and an adjacent camp believed to be the Sea Tiger leader's camp located west of Puthukkudyiruppu.

The Sea Tiger leader's camp has been destroyed by previous aerial bombing, the defence sources said. Out boat motors and many other equipment used by the Sea Tigers were at the camp, military sources added.

Fierce fighting continued in the area as Tigers have put up stiff resistance, sources said. Monitored LTTE radio communication indicated heavy LTTE casualties, they added.

Troops of 58 Division advancing towards Puthukkudyiruppu built-up yesterday found a swimming pool believed to be used by the high profile LTTE leaders.

According to the defence sources, the 50 feet long, and 30 feet wide pool had a diving platform. The pool, well concealed with nets and canopies, was surrounded by cabanas, the defence sources revealed.

The military said today the LTTE hiding area is now shrunk to a 58 square kilometer area and the troops have encircled the area.

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