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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2736

Uylankulam entry-exit point overran by Sri Lanka Army, six LTTE cadres killed

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Colombo, 22 December, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka Army overran LTTE entry-exit point in Uliyankulam located in the south of Mannar district. This confrontation which lasted over one and a half hour with the LTTE is said to have paved the way for Sri Lanka Army to consolidate their position, a Military spokesperson said.

According to reports, five bunkers along the Uyilankulama LTTE defenses were seized by security forces, while identified LTTE ground constructions have come under concentrated artillery and mortar barrages by advancing troops

Reports revealed that 6 LTTE cadres died and 12 injured, meanwhile one Army soldier died and 6 injured.

The ground sources revealed that when army advanced into the LTTE controlled area, LTTE requested for reinforcement, but it was noted that LTTE area leadership did not send any reinforcement.

A senior military officer on the ground said that overrunning the Uliyankulam was significant and very important for army strategy wise in the ongoing battle.

Meanwhile, according to Defense sources, it is learnt through unverified sources in non-liberated areas of Mannar, that LTTE elements are announcing people to move into close perimeters of LTTE camps, a desperate ruse by the Tigers to use human shields as last resort in its imminent collapse in Wanni.

- Asian Tribune -

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