The Sri Lanka Army is now 4km away from Nedunkerni after having captured the strategic village of Othiyamalai. They are also 2kms away from Alampil, the strategic Sea Tiger base. The LTTE is putting up stiff resistance in all areas.
23mm and 30mm Heavy Machine Guns, some of which was captured from the Navy’s Dvora FACs years ago are being used extensively to keep the Army down. The high caliber rounds from the HMGs, coupled with the incessant rains are making things a bit difficult for the SLA at the moment. 23mm and 30mm rounds, even when off target, can still cause injury to troops.
The shrapnel generated from these rounds can cover a wide area upon impact. This is not the first time the LTTE has used these tactics against the Army. Many years ago, tractor trailer mounted 23mm and 30mm HMGs were used at Elephant Pass and again, recently at Nachchikuda.
Meanwhile resentment has started to set in in the rank and file of the LTTE following Prabhakaran’s speech and the attacks in Mumbai. Although many cadres are unaware of the geopolitics or the actual attack in Mumbai, they were eagerly awaiting a cease-fire brokered by their friends in India. Radio communications monitored lately indicate that the rank and file have lost hope of an Indian involvement and a sad acknowledgement has set in that no one is there to rescue them.