The Military can end the war in a matter of four months regaining the remaining areas from the LTTE from Mullaitivu to Nagarkovil, a senior military officer told . Meanwhile, the navy and air force has introduced a joint programme to tighten security in the North to prevent LTTE leader Velupillai Pirapaharan from fleeing the country.
He said that after the capture of Kilinochchi town, the army commenced operations yesterday targeting the Vishwamadu and Mullaitivu areas where the LTTE leader is believed to be holed in. Military intelligence sources say that the LTTE leader must be making arrangements to flee the country, now that Kilinochchi has fallen. They say that Prabhakaran will make good his escape either by sea or air. Meanwhile, air force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said that since the air defence system has been properly activated, they will be able to track any aircraft which violates Sri Lankan airspace and that the air force possessed the capability to identify and destroy any enemy aircraft.
Navy spokesman Captain D.K.P. Dassanayake said that the navy has sent more vessels to patrol the seas off the northern and eastern coast and that security has been beefed up over a radius of 40 nautical miles off the coast of uncleared areas.TMVP leader, parliamentarian Karuna Amman says that Tiger leader Pirapaharan is currently hiding in the Wanni and that he has been confined to Vishwamadu and Dharmapuram areas. However, he said that there was no information that his family was in the Wanni with him. Meanwhile, it is learnt that hundreds of civilians trapped in the Wanni were preparing to cross over to government controlled areas from today.