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Sri Lankan troops capture LTTE training camp, hospital

[Hindu, Tuesday, 13 January 2009 18:16 No Comment]

Sri Lankan troops captured a LTTE trainingcamp and a hospital as ground forces pressed ahead toward the last rebel bastion of Mullaittivu in embattled north,officials said on Tuesday .

 

Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) pounded identified LTTE hideout located in the jungles South of Puthukudiyirippu, Mullaittivu, believed to be frequented by top Tamil Tiger leadership, including supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran.

 

According to Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara, Air Force spokesperson, the air raids targeted the hideout believed to be frequented by Prabhakaran.

 

With ground troops closing-in on the last LTTE bastions at Puthukkudiyirippu and Mullaittivu, Prabakaran is running short of safe houses and escape routes, defence sources said.

 

The hideout was located in a thick canopy area at Venavil, one of the remaining hideouts of Prabakaran.

Reports of fighting have increased in recent months amid government’s declaration to crush the group. In a major setback to the rebels, the military took control of their political capital Kilinochchi and captured their main base on the Jaffna peninsula.

 

LTTE communication is experiencing a stand down since the time of the attack, the sources said.

 

In ground clashes, the 59 Division troops, moving away from the north of Welioya and closing in onto the heart of Mullaittivu, brought the Mulliyavalai-Thanniyuttu government district hospital under their control from the LTTE last evening, the Lankan Army Headquarters said.

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