January 1st morning’s capture of ‘notorious’ IRANAMADU junction area by heroic troops of the 57 Division ends months of speculation about the LTTE’s fabricated stories regarding their military might, the Army Headquarters declared.
Troops commanded by Major General JAGATH DIAS went ahead past the much spoken IRANAMADU junction, about six km south of KILINOCHCHI town center as the first light broke heralding the New Year. The capture, regarded as a significant breakthrough in the last leg of the WANNI humanitarian operations, came as the troops were nearing the southern perimeter of the Tiger fortress, KILINOCHCHI after Wednesday’s fall of the adjoining PARANTHAN town on A-9 Highway.
Troops of the 8 SLLI (Sri Lanka Light Infantry), commanded by Major IPSITHA DISSANAYAKA and 16 SLSR (Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment), commanded by Major DHAMMIKA DISSANAYAKA operating under 574 Brigade, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel SENAKA WIJESOORIYA conducted those offensives along the A-9 to triumphantly reach the IRANAMADU junction area. This will open easy capture of the IRANAMADU town at any moment from now onwards.
Ground sources said LTTE resistance to those troops was astonishingly weak most probably due to their declining morale and physical strength.
57 Div liberates Iranamdu junction: LTTE flee with heavy casualties
Troops of the 57 Division have liberated the Iranamadu junction this morning (Jan 01) after weeks of fierce battles ensued with LTTE at the Kilinochchi battlefront, Wanni military sources said.
LTTE terrorists put-on stiff resistance at the advancing military formations from this vital ground, which is also considered a strategically important terror stronghold along the A-9 trunk road, 6km South of Kilinochchi. Troops of the 574 Brigade ran into the remaining LTTE positions, backed by concentrated armour, artillery and mortar fire from the rear support flanks. SLAF jets and helicopter gunships provided close air support to the advancing infantry battalions during a string of flight missions conducted, since initial fighting that broke out between troops and LTTE in the area.
The fall of Iranamadu scores consecutive battle defeats to LTTE at the Kilinochchi battlefront, followed by the loss of Paranthan early on Thursday(01) morning. According to latest battlefield reports received, troops are now making further advances eastward of the Iranamadu junction while consolidating positions in the area, security sources said.
LTTE’s defeat at its main garrison township at Kilinochchi is inevitable with troops advancing on three fronts continue to cripple the last LTTE fortifications in the area, security sources said.