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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2224

Mullaitivu captured: Tamil Tigers lost their last sea front

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Colombo, 26 January, ( Brigadier Nandana Udawatta, entered into Mullaitivu, LTTE's main garrison town, and have gained total control over the Mullaittivu Township after completing the mop up operations conducted in the area by yesterday evening - 25 January.

In a TV appearance, Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka Officially announced that the Army has captured Mullaitivu.

Recapturing the Mullaittivu town which had been dominated by the LTTE for the last 13 years, marks the significant milestone in the war against terrorism launched to free the entire country from grip of the LTTE, the separatist Tamil terrorist outfit.

On July 18, 1996, the LTTE launched an attack on Sri Lanka Army base at Mullaitivu town on the north eastern coast and captured it, as troops tactically withdrawn from the town. Since then LTTE established its main military and administrative bases there.

In a Television address after the capture of the last Tiger stronghold town of Mullaitivu, Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka said the Tigers are now restricted to a 15 X 20 sq. km area, within Puthukkudyirrppu and Visvamadu in the north of the island.

Lt. Gen. Fonseka speaking in the state run Rupavahini television said that the victory was possible due to good leadership by Sri Lanka President, Defense Secretary and he thanked the ground commanders and soldiers who were engages in the battle to capture Mullaitivu township.

The Army Commander also expressed his appreciation to the invaluable support rendered by the Sri Lanka Air Force to capture LTTE’s last garrison town.

The Mullaittivu town is situated in a narrow stretch of a land between Nanthikandal lagoon and the Indian Ocean.

Announcing the victory, Army Commander Sarath Fonseka requested the people to celebrate the victory with dignity by hoisting the national flag.

- Asian Tribune -

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