Sunday, 5 April 2009
Fat Lady Clears her throat - PTK Liberated and LTTE suffers irreversible losses!
PTK Liberated - over 420 bodies collected
As reported earlier by EFT, the 58th and Task Force 8 (attached to the 53rd) boxed in the remnants of the LTTE's PTK fighting force north east of PTK, by last evening the vast majority of these trapped cadres were annhilated by the SLA. Over 420 bodies were collected during clearing operations (the official count stands at 250). The cadres were hunted down only after offering them a chance to surrender - about 70 did surrender, the scenes of surrender are reminiscent of Iraqi soldiers surrendering to the coalition forces in the 1991 Gulf War (our source has videos and pictures of these surrender scenes, we will upload them here if they receive clearance!).
The LTTE were not able to send in a rescue force to get these trapped cadres out as the SF had infiltrated the borders of the NFZ (as reported earlier by EFT). The SF were able to neutralize attempted LTTE incursions from the NFZ into the boxed in area.
The SLAF ably supported the SLA during this annhilation mission and used their recently acquired arsenal of laser guided A2S missiles to strike at identified targets with pin point accuracy, as has been reported by other sources - self styled "Colonel" Vidusha (commander of the Malathi brigade), "Colonel" Theepan and Nagesh, Duruga, Gadaffi (high rankers) along with other middle rung leaders have reportedly died in these air strikes.
The bodies of Theepan, Duruga and Vidusha's are said to be among the recovered corpses, an MI team from Colombo is on their way to the scene to establish the identity of the dead leaders.
Civilian exodus expected any minute now
With the trapping of the LTTE in the NFZ, the civilians are getting ready to abandon the NFZ and flee into cleared areas. Within the next 48 hours, the exodus is set to start (some say it has already started). LRRP is conducting limited operations inside the NFZ, but due to the sensitive nature of these operations, we will not reveal details. A UNHCR delegation is already in Sri Lanka , their mission is to observe the civilian exodus and ensure their welfare needs are met. If the LTTE holds the civilians any longer, they are making it worse for themselves as it would give the SLA more time to annhilate the remaining cadres, if they flee along with the civilians, they will be picked up and sent to rehabilitation.
A number of SLA infantrymen and SF soldiers have laid down their lives in the past few days of fighting, we would ask our readers to pay tribute to these fallen bravehearts.
Pictured are "Colonel" Theepan and "Colonel" Vidusha in an LTTE cerenomy held at Pallai in 2003. May they rust in peace.
Posted by Mahen at 09:36