Sri Lanka Army (SLA)’s 57 division advanced further into Akkarayankulam area today in a multi pronged assault on LTTE positions. The captured region is located some 9kms south of Kilinochchi and housed many defensive structures constructed by the LTTE. This area was attacked by western, southern and eastern flanks by 57 division units as LTTE resistance retreated further north towards Kilinochchi. 58 division units operating Kovikaduvittal were also locked in firefights with the LTTE today, and have captured an armor plated tractor used by the tigers. Meanwhile soldiers from the 53 and 55 divisions deployed in the national front broke through LTTE defences yesterday (5th) and overran 8 bunkers located on their Nagarkovil front line. Confirming our previous report, two brigades of the Task Force 3 (soon to be officially raised as 63 division) have now been deployed to Wanni theater of battle supporting 53, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61 and 62 divisions already deployed there.
Meanwhile a rather extraordinary incident happened last week when SLA casualties were being airlifted from Wanni front line. Several soldiers were injured when the SLA made a push into LTTE held territory in Wanni and they were airlifted to Anuradhapura hospital for further treatment. To the surprise of many at the hospital, one of the transported casualties turned out to be a female tiger who had been left behind when the LTTE fled the SLA attack. Apparently she had been mistaken for an SLA casualty and was airlifted along with other SLA soldiers. However it proved to be a lucky mistake on the tiger’s part; her condition was serious and she was later transferred to Colombo National hospital for further treatment.
Meanwhile the SLAF radar in Vavuniya AFB detected at least one unidentified aircraft flying towards government controlled territory early morning today (6th). The aircraft was first located over Iranamadu area and had proceeded some 2km into government held territory when it disappeared from the radar.