Troops capture Ampalavanpokkani
Detected Tiger mansion deep underground:
As troops are poised to secure the LTTE last stronghold and key
bastion Puthukudiyiruppu and liberate the entire Mullaitivu are they
have regained another Tiger village Ampalavanpokkani yesterday afternoon
after a prolonged fierce battle.
Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said troops of the 58
division captured Ampalavanpokkani following day and night intense
fighting that erupted in the area. “The LTTE cadres fled from the area
facing heavy damages and casualties”, he added.
Troops of 10 SLLI (Sri Lanka Light infantry) and 6 GW (Gamnunu Watch)
entering the area on Thursday evening prolonged fierce fire and captured
“The Security Forces crushed the Tiger attempt to resist advancing
troops and had taken control of the area in the afternoon. Troops
consolidating their position in the area launched a mopping up operation
and recovered seven LTTE bodies and five T56 assault rifles”, Brigadier
Nanayakkara told the Daily News.
Ampalavanpokkani is a remote village located approximately 8km north
of Puthukudiyiruppu junction on the western bank of the Chalai lagoon.
Meanwhile, newly formed Task Force VIII operating under the troops of
58 division had unearthed an LTTE sophisticated underground three
storeyed complex which was covered by camouflage nets west of
Brigadier Nanayakkara said TF VIII marching towards the LTTE last
bastion Puthukudiyiruppu town had come across hitherto undiscovered LTTE
mansion, three layers deep underground located west of Puthukudiyiruppu.
“The underground complex had been surrounded by steel plated posts.
The Tiger cadres also kept watch dogs to guard the area. Troops found
three secret roads leading to the deep underground complex”, Brigadier
Nanayakkara told the Daily News. With the capture of Ampalavanpokkani
the Security Forces are making speedy progress to liberate LTTE’s last
stronghold Puthukudiyiruppu encircling its build-up.
Troops of the 58 division manoeuvering from the north of
Puthukudiyiruppu dominated the Ampalavanpokkani village which is located
2km from the northern perimeter of Puthukudiyiruppu build-up.
Meanwhile, troops of the Task Force IV manoeuvering southwest of
Puthukkudiyirppu established their positions 2-3 km short of the western
perimeters of the Puthukudiyirppu build-up.
The newly formed Task Force VIII inducted to the battlefield south of
the Puthukudiyirppu build-up also commenced moving northwards.
Puthukudiyirppu is located south of the A-35 road (Paranthan-Mullaittvu),
about 35 km from Paranthan.
The build-up stretches in an area of approximately 25 square KM, out
of which about 20 square KM are situated north of the A-35.