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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2708

Capture of Prabhakaran, only a matter of time- Defence Secretary - Update - 4

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 05 April, (Asiantribune.com): The capture of LTTE Leader is only a matter of time, Sri Lankan Defence Ministry Secretary Col. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told Asian Tribune in an exclusive interview.

The Defence Secretary was speaking in the immediate aftermath of the Sri Lanka Army troops captured the last strategic LTTE stronghold of Pudukudirippu.

He said that it was one of the greatest victories of the Armed Forces whose conscientious military strategy which enabled them to capture the last LTTE stronghold successfully by surrounding them and also in combating the Tigers who tried to infiltrate the advancing troops.

However, he declined to comment on a deadline where the LTTE Leader would be captured or killed by the advancing troops as it depended on a mixture of factors such as the forcibly fighting Tigers in the backdrop of the civilians who were stranded in between.

He also commended the support services of both the Sri Lanka Navy and the Sri Lanka Air Force in the entire operation.

There is a lot of work to be done from now on in respect of brining stability to the area and also the security, he added.

- Asian Tribune -

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