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Lankan Army captures more area in Muhamalai

[PTI, Wednesday, 7 January 2009 15:14 No Comment]

Sri Lankan forces today overran more Tiger held positions beyond Muhamalai and Kilaly in Jaffna province and were poised to make a final assault on the strategic Elephant Pass.

Advancing troops captured the second forward defence Line of the LTTE at Muhamalai and Kilaly and also made rapid gains in their move to wrest the Elephant Pass, Defence Ministry officials said.

Lankan troops are putting on pressure on LTTE defences on the pass by advancing from both Kilinochchi as well as Jaffna said to achieve a link up of forces.

Simultaneously, the government forces are also keeping up the momentum towards seizing the last Tiger bastion of Mullaittivu.

According to the officials the troops have further advanced 2 kms from the Muhamalai areas in Jaffna and 1.5 kms near the Palaly airbase today.

At Elephant Pass, the LTTE rebel suffered damages during confrontation with the security forces yesterday, the officials said.

Troops of 59 Division on advance captured remaining LTTE hideouts in Mullaittivu front. It had several confrontations with LTTE fighters yesterday, inflicting damages to the rebels.

Hundreds of civilians from Mullaittiuvu, Puthukkudiyiruppu and Visvamadu areas have sought protection with security forces during the past few days, the Defence ministry said.

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