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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

Completely shaken Prabhakaran sighted in the midst of the IDPs in the No Fire Zone - Update -3

Colombo, 05 April, ( Army sources said that IDPs fleeing into the Government controlled area told that completely shaken LTTE Leader Prabhakaran was sighted hiding in the midst of the IDPs in the no fire zone.

Sources also said that IDPs confirmed that Charles Anthony the heir apparent of LTTE Supremo was seriously injured and held in the no fire zone and given special treatment.

The army headquarters officially reported that the area was consolidated this morning by the 58th Division under the command of Brigadier Shavendra Silva. A senior commanding officer in the battlefield said that 420 LTTE bodies and 400 T56 weapons were among the items recovered after army attacks in Pudukudiyrippu east.

With this capture of the Pudukudiyrippu east, the LTTE have lost all areas held by them. As a result there is only the government declared No Fire Zone for civilians left for the LTTE to retreat.

Army commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka said operations will be launched to free civilians in the No Fire Zone. The army will conduct that operation as well without causing harm to civilians.

Our sources said many senior LTTE leaders have been killed in battle in Pudukudiyrippu East. Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said that the fallen terrorist leaders include Widusha, Nagesh, Theepan, Durga and Gadafi. The bodies of all these leaders have been recovered by troops of the 58th division. Also sources said Senior LTTE leader Bahnu is critically injured.

According to the battlefield reports, over 200 LTTE cadres were killed in yesterday's fighting (Apr 4), while the soldiers managed to collect bodies of slain LTTE cadres by last evening. Sources, citing the soldiers on the frontline said there were scores of more LTTE bodies lying scattered in the forward areas, as the LTTE leaders and remaining cadres had begun to flee leaving their dead and wounded behind.

- Asian Tribune -

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