58 Division troops are now 2kms south of EPS. Tigers are positioned along the former forward defence line constructed by the EPS’ 54 Division. This FDL is where Hasalaka Gamini Kularatne gave his life in heroic fashion.
58 Division troops, somewhat fatigued by recent exploits into Kilinochchi will probably take some time to retake the area. Further north the Mech Infantry, formerly under Ralph Nugera, is awaiting orders to march under Udaya Herath, Nugera’s deputy.
Meanwhile sources indicated that the LTTE maybe constructing another bund at Mirusavil, 10km east of Paranthan. Tigers have moved around 1000 cadres from Kilinochchi to Mulaitivu. Air strikes, MBRL and artillery strikes were launched on identified gathering points to eliminate the build up.
Heavy LTTE mortar and artillery strikes are being launched from this area for the last 10 days. An artillery barrage also fell on Kilinochchi town today. Despite these developments no clear strategy has emerged from the LTTE’s side.
The SLA also captured the Iranamadu tank bund today. They recovered 8 bodies of soldiers declared missing in recent confrontations in this area. A large number of LTTE bodies recovered from various places in this fashion were all buried.
A contingent of 15 SBS and RABS units were deployed at Nayaru today to help end any sea tiger infiltrations. The contingent will increase to about 25 boats or 75 SBS/RABS men in due course.
EPS to fall very soon
The 58 Division now advancing north following the fall of Kilinochchi is 2kms away from Elephant Pass. In most probability, EPS will fall by tomorrow. Already LTTE has started withdrawing to Chalai by sea. The Mech Infantry has not even been deployed yet.
Meanwhile heavy fighting was reported this evening at Chilawatte in the general area Mullayaweli in Mulaitivu. 29 Charles Anthony cadres were killed and another 28 injured in the fighting. 14 soldiers were allso injured. No deaths to own troops.
Elephant Pass being vacated
LTTE has started vacating Elephant Pass, sources told DefenceWire. With the Mechanized Infantry Division, comprising mainly of Air Mobile troops under the leadership of Ralph Nugera revving their engines, LTTE is fast running-out of places to run. It is at present limited to Elephant Pass, Palai, Puthukudirippu and the coastal areas from Mulaitivu to Nagarkovil.
Meanwhile unconfirmed sources claimed Prabhakaran’s wife Mathivathini has applied for Asylum in Canada from India.